With summer officially here, most homeowners will be turning on that air conditioner – if they haven’t already. Air conditioning systems can be pricey and account for more than 60% of your energy costs during those hot summer months. Check out these air conditioning tips to avoid issues and ensure your AC is good to go for those hotter days.
1. Get your Air Conditioner Serviced Regularly
Prevent any problems before they occur to save both time and money during the hot summer days. Typically, an annual service should be enough to keep your AC unit in good condition and running smoothly. What happens if you continue to put off that regular maintenance check? The saying if it’s not broken don’t fix it is not true for AC units. Ignoring and prolonging those AC maintenance checks can cost you a lot of money and you may be out of cool air on the hotter days of summer.
You can quickly search for HVAC professionals on the Dibbs app to schedule your maintenance check.
2. Clean or Replace Filters
At least twice a year or, quarterly you should clean and replace your filters especially if they looked clogged with dust. Not changing filters can not only cause dust to recirculate into your home but can close down the airflow and essentially decrease the efficiency of your unit.
3. Weatherize Doors and Winters
It may sound like a no-brainer but even the smallest leaks around doors and windows can cause your costs to skyrocket.
4. Take Care of the Condenser
A condenser is the outdoor portion of the air conditioner or heat pump that releases or collects heat (depending on the time of the year). Many suggest covering your condenser to prevent debris such as leaves, sticks, and even bugs from entering the unit.
5. Keep Heat Producing Appliances Away from Your Thermostat
The location of your thermostat will play a big role in how effectively your AC unit runs. Placing a thermostat in a hot room or next to a sunny window will prevent the thermostat from gauging the temperature properly.
When HVAC professionals install your thermostat they will avoid placing it in hot areas of your home.
Hiring a professional or following these air conditioning tips to ensure your AC unit is running properly can help you stay cool and save money during the summer months. And, if you end up needing a new unit do your research before committing to one, you can always receive multiple quotes on the Dibbs app for all your home projects and maintenance.