Ways to Maximize Air Conditioning Efficiency

Every homeowner wants the most efficiency they can possibly get out of their air conditioners. An efficiently running air conditioner guarantees better indoor air quality, more comfort and lower energy bills.

The following are some of the ways to improve the efficiency of an air conditioner:

1. Clean the A/C condenser regularly
An air conditioning unit will only work efficiently if the condenser is free of debris and dirt. Over time, the unit traps dirt, debris and other trash which are lodged in and around the unit. For optimal performance, its recommended that homeowners clean their condenser unit at least twice a year. For a more thorough and in-depth cleaning, it is advisable to hire a professional.

2. Check the air filters from time to time
An air conditioner works extra hard especially during the hottest months and as a result it is a good idea to closely monitor the unit during those months to keep up its efficiency. Air filters usually become dirty hence hampering air circulation. Dirty filters reduce indoor air quality and make an air conditioner’s job extremely hard. For optimal performance air filters should be cleaned on a regular basis. However, if cleaning doesn’t seem to improve the unit’s efficiency, replace the filters. It is recommended to replace air filters every 30 to 90 days.

3. Use shading
Shading plays a vital role in improving the efficiency of an air conditioner. An air conditioner should be shaded using natural means such a trellis, a fence, and overhead trees. Alternatively, one can install a cover over the unit to block the sun’s heat. The shades should be trimmed and kept at least 24 inches away from the unit in order to allow the unit to breathe.

4. Keep vents unblocked
When the vents are blocked, an A/C unit is prompted to work extra hard to maintain a steady airflow. This may result in a breakdown and air leakage in ductwork. Therefore, its a good idea to get rid of any debris from indoor supply vents.

5. Insulate exposed unit ducts
Air ducts play a major role in the efficiency of an air conditioner. Without proper maintenance, an A/C unit’s ducts begin to leak cool air before it reaches the targeted area of a home. This may cause the unit to work harder in order to compensate for the lost air. Besides, clogged and dirty air ducts tend to slow down the flow of cool air into a home hence reducing the efficiency of an air conditioner. The best way to to ensure an A/C unit works optimally is to have the ductwork that runs through an unconditioned space regularly inspected, cleaned and sealed so that it does not leak any of the conditioned air.

6. Close the curtains and blinds
Direct sunlight increases warmth in a house and therefore it is advisable to keep curtains and blinds closed during the sunniest times of the day. This prevents warmth of the sun from getting in the house.

7. Seek professional air conditioner maintenance
A HVAC unit reaches a point where it requires preventative maintenance. This is especially when it shows common warning signs such as strange sounds. The longer a HVAC unit goes without preventative maintenance, the less efficient it becomes. It is therefore recommended that homeowners call a professional HVAC company to conduct an in-depth inspection and fix any problems.

Energy efficiency is today more important than ever. The above mentioned tips will definitely result in improved functioning and overall efficiency of an air conditioner at home. This will greatly lower energy bills, improve comfort at home, save money on repairs, and get more years of quality cooling from the current air conditioning unit.

The professionals at Zero Energy Solutions can make sure your residential or commercial HVAC system is in tip-top shape and operating at expected efficiency levels. Contact us today for a consultation and quote.

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