Air conditioning is a wonderful addition to have in your home. It's great to walk into your cool house after a hot summer day. There are a few things you need to do to keep your unit in good working order and to help save money on your monthly A/C bill each month. See below for some helpful tips to save money and to keep your unit in shape.
Change Your Filter
Your filter needs to be changed regularly in the summer months when you use your air conditioning unit also, not just when you use your furnace. Your filter helps with air flow and traps dust, dirt and other debris. To check if your filter is dirty, you can hold it up to the light. If you can't see light through it, it needs to be changed. Replace it with a new filter, which can be found at your local hardware or big box store.
Repair Air Leaks
Check for leaks in your duct work and repair them with foil tape. Look for air leaks around windows and doors and caulk to help provide a better seal. You can also add rubber seals around doorways that have leaks. Air leaks can mean quite a bit of wasted energy. Your air conditioner may be working overtime in order to cool your home to compensate for these air leaks. Repairing them will help save you on your energy bill and prevents your air conditioner from overworking.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Adding a programmable thermostat can save you money, as you can program it to not run your air conditioner (or furnace) during the day when nobody is home. You can also program it to change the temperature at night when everyone in your home is asleep.
Keep the Area Around Your Air Conditioning Unit Clean and Clear
You should not have any landscaping or debris blocking your A/C unit. Trim down grass, plants/flowers and shrubs so as to not block your unit's air flow. This debris can become trapped in the fins of your unit, causing your A/C to run overtime, which can be costly. Be sure when mowing your grass to blow the clippings away from your unit, so the clipping do not become trapped in your unit. Give your unit a good spray down with a garden hose throughout the summer months to get rid of any debris such as cottonwood and grass clippings. However, be sure not to spray water directly into your unit's motor.
Air conditioning is a nice convenience to have in your home, one that should not be taken for granted. Take good care of your unit to keep it working properly for many years, and efficiently to help save you money. If your air conditioning unit is acting up, or you'd just like a checkup, consider contacting an HVAC specialist, such as Southwest Heating and Cooling.