Routine inspections of your AC system, by a licensed professional, are extremely important to ensure its efficiency. However, properly caring for your AC in between visits will help you maintain a more cost and energy-efficient system. Here are 4 pro tips to follow:
- Change your AC filter monthly
It takes only about 5 minutes to change an air filter.
Why it matters: Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. Air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into your AC system.
Note: Filters may need more frequent attention if your AC is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
- Clean your AC system’s vents
It takes only about 15 minutes to clean the vents in your house properly.
Why it matters: Excessive dust makes your cooling and heating system work harder and therefore costs you money. Also, a buildup of dust anywhere harbors allergens and when you’re dealing with vents and AC fans this dust is propelled into the room.
Note: How to clean your vents using a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher soap and a dust brush. 1- Turn the heating/cooling off and run the crevice tool of a vacuum cleaner over all the vents. 2- If the crevice tool does not reach fully, use a duster with an extension pole. 3- Remove all the vent covers and wash with dish soap. 4- Clean the inside ducts as far as you can reach with the cobweb duster
- Remove vegetation around your outdoor equipment
Your AC system needs to be cleared of any blockages in order to ‘breathe’ freely. Trim plants around your outdoor equipment and clear any leaves or debris to open up airflow of the unit.
Why it matters: Increased airflow contributes to your AC system’s efficiency.
Note: Heat generated from the sun also inhibits efficiency. When shaded, your AC system uses up to 10% less electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Be sure that your shade plants are 3-5 feet away from the AC unit.
- Make sure that you keep critters out of your outdoor unit or package unit
The easiest way to keep critters out is to use wire mess and seal off any access to the unit.
Why it matters: Critters can chew threw electrical cables, build nests or use your unit as a place to die.
- Make sure the drain line isn’t clogged
Why it matters: again, it affects the efficiency of your system. An efficient air conditioning system saves you money and saves energy.