Summer is here! And if you have an air conditioner at home, you’re probably already prepared to use it more often at this hottest time of year. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short list of easy items that can help increase the efficiency of your air conditioner – and we know well that more efficiency means less energy consumption. That is, keep an eye on these tips to prevent your account from rising beyond expected, right?
Air Conditioning: daily and professional maintenance
As we have already pointed out, the following tips are simple and are part of the daily maintenance that you need to have with your device to allow it to continue working perfectly.
But this little guide to efficiency should always be used in conjunction with regular professional maintenance. Without it, your device can end up slowly losing efficiency without you noticing. Besides, it’s always better to do annual preventive maintenance than to spend more later having to change parts or even the whole appliance, isn’t it?
If you are in the Vancouver and Burnaby area, please contact us at Nation – we specialize in this type of device and do a thorough check to make sure it is operating at maximum power and efficiency. That said, let’s get to the tips on what to do on a daily basis.
How to Increase the Air Conditioning Efficiency of the Unit?
- Clean the External Unit
In general, we care about keeping the air conditioning filter and indoor unit clean. And the condensing unit, the external one, ends up being forgotten. But did you know that the buildup of dust, leaves and other debris on or around the unit can affect the efficiency of the air conditioner? Remember to keep it clean too.
- Clean the Vents
Also remember to dust the openings and prevent them from being blocked by anything – such as curtains or furniture, for example.
- Beware of appliances that emit heat
Do you have light fixtures or some other type of object that can produce heat? So it is interesting to keep them – if they are on – away from the air conditioning vents. These objects can confuse the air conditioning thermostat, which will think it needs to cool the room more.
The same goes for ovens and hair dryers, for example. If you are going to use them near an air conditioning outlet, this can also interfere with the thermostat. On very hot days, avoid keeping the oven on for a long time at peak temperature times.
- Keep the Blinds Closed
If the day is very hot, with strong sun and you want to keep the air conditioning on, try to keep the blinds and curtains closed. This prevents some of the outside heat from entering the room – and also prevents the air conditioner from working harder to cool it down.
- Insulate Your Home!
Finally, it is important to remember: if the fresh air coming out of the air conditioner is leaking through some space, this also makes the device need to work harder to refresh a room. This goes for cracks in windows and doors or any other holes that air can pass through. Most of these problems can be solved easily, with a mat that prevents air from escaping under the doors, for example.
If you have an air leak in the air conditioning ducts, report this problem to a specialized technician during the next maintenance of the device and he can help you with this seal.
Air Conditioning Repair in Vancouver
We’ve already stressed the importance of annual preventative maintenance throughout this article – if you’re in the Vancouver area, please contact us at Nation. We can help you keep your air conditioner operating at peak efficiency. Request a free quote by clicking here.