There are a few tricks you can have under your belt that are guaranteed to help in increasing the efficiency of your AC unit. Here are a few:
Make sure to clean or replace your furnace filters. Approximately every three months (could differ depending on the type of filter you have), make sure to replace your dirty filter. It’s more energy efficient for the AC unit to have clean filters as it makes the motor work comfortably and efficiently.
Make sure to get your air conditioner inspected at the beginning of the season. A yearly inspection is recommended at least once a year. This way, your AC will operate more efficiently, extending its lifespan.
Make sure to clear the area around your condenser. Your condenser is located outside of your home and that makes it prone to accumulating debris. Remove the debris and make sure any grass or weeds around the unit is removed. Debris that collects on the condenser makes it operate less efficiently.
Make sure the condenser fan is in good shape. Replace the blades if you see any cracks or chips on any of the blades. You may also need to oil the fan motor depending on how old your AC unit is.
Make sure to unclog the condensate drain tube if you see water puddling around the furnace.
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Finally, here are a couple of tricks:
Did you know that if you close the blinds and drapes during the day on all south and west-facing windows, it can help cool your home more efficiently?
Another trick is to check that your thermostat is working properly. If you have an older, mechanical thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable one.