It might still be winter but what better time to get your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible? After all you don’t want to wait until the first heat wave hits to realize things aren’t working properly do you? Well here is a few tips on what you can do to make sure you are ready for a blazing hot summer!
1) First check your air filter.
The filter is the part of your A/C that requires the most maintenance. If it’s not being changed every few months it can become seriously over filled and air will have trouble passing through. If this happens your Air conditioner unit has to work harder to suck air in. This will not only run up your power bill but will also put unnecessary strain on the motor, which can lead to future replacements.
Changing your filter is a quick and easy way to help make sure that your unit is working properly. It only costs $10 or so every few months but can save you a fortune in the long run.
2) While you have your filter off go ahead and check your coils. These are usually located just past your filter. The coil is responsible for actually cooling off the air being pulled through the intake. After time some of the dust, hair or other junk that manages to make it past the filter can wind up clinging to the coil. This can create a huge problem because if the air passing by isn’t making contact with the coil, then it can’t be cooled down very much, which means your air conditioner has to run longer to cool your house down.
If your coil appears dirty you should call a repair man to clean it. You can attempt to reach up and clean it yourself but it usually should be fully removed to get everything off.
3) Check your insulation.
Insulation is vital to keeping your house cooled off. It helps keep the cool air in your house from leaking up through your attic. It also helps keep the heat from the attic and the sun from filtering down into your house! Just take a peak up in your attic and see if the insulation appears fairly thick. Try not to actually touch it though as most types do have fiber glass mixed in.
Having some one ad insulation maybe costly but it is a worth while investment. And it’s one that should only be made once every 10 or so years. So you can spend a bit extra now and reap the rewards for years to come!
These are just a few ways you can keep your house cool and your power bill down. And as long as you continue to change your filter on a regular basis, the other two only need checking yearly .