Wanting to minimize your air conditioning costs this summer? Read more and save dollars!
The Air Filter
An air filter usually needs changing once a month. Otherwise, a dirty filter will block airflow in your duct system. This forces your air conditioner to work longer.
Cleaning The Condenser Unit
Look at your air conditioner’s outside unit (also called the condenser unit) with the big fan. It’s job is to release heat that the refrigerant has absorbed from your indoor air. But if the outside unit’s coils are covered in dirt, it has trouble dispersing heat from the refrigerant. If it can’t disperse heat easily, then your central air conditioner takes longer to cool your home because the refrigerant now can’t efficiently absorb more heat from your air. And, as you know, an air conditioner that runs longer than it needs to means higher energy bills.
Trimming Around The Air Conditioner
Give your air conditioner some breathing room! If you have branches or shrubbery covering the outside unit, the same thing happens like if it’s covered in dirt. So, get your clippers ready and make sure your air conditioner has at least 12 inches of space above and around it.