You are probably already using your air conditioner quite a bit on a daily basis, and that’s only going to increase as we get further into summer. All that added demand is going to cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful, not to mention the strain it puts on the air conditioner. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that you get through the summer in comfort without breaking the bank … or your air conditioner. Have a look below for some tips on increasing your AC efficiency.
We can’t repeat this one enough. Schedule maintenance! Schedule maintenance! Schedule maintenance! Preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure that any malfunctions in your air conditioner are caught and dealt with before they have the opportunity to get any worse. It can lower the odds of a serious problem developing in your system by up to 90%! It can also increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by up to 40%, which is ideal for the summer when you’re going to be using your system a lot. If you want to get the most out of your air conditioner, always schedule maintenance during the spring or early summer.
Replace Your Air Filter
The air filter should be replaced every few months during the summer. If you already had maintenance done on your air conditioner, then it was likely replaced then. Still, you should make sure to replace it once enough time is passed so it doesn’t clog. A clogged air filter will prevent most of the air in the ducts from making it into the air conditioner. This will cut down on the system’s ability to cool the home, and make it more likely for other problems to crop up in the future. Believe us when we say that you don’t want to deal with the hassle of having your air conditioner coil freeze over. It will only get worse from there. If you don’t know how to change your air filter, contact a professional and they’ll be happy to do it for you.
Replace Your System!
If your current air conditioner is so old and worn down that you doubt it will be able to even survive the summer season, then now is a pretty good time to replace it. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you can squeeze another few years out of your system, you might want to consult with a professional first. Signs that your current air conditioner should be replaced include unusually high monthly costs, frequent breakdowns, and being having had the system for longer than 15 years. Talk to a professional technician first before you decide whether or not to install a new system.
These are just a few tips on how to increase your air conditioning efficiency and comfort this summer. For more tips, and the best service around, call Desert Suns. We provide the best HVAC systems and services in Santa Fe, NM. Contact us today for an appointment.