Summer is the time when we need air conditioning the most. The sunny days, the heat and sweat that come with summer make us hurry indoors, into the cool comfort of our homes and offices. As the need for the air conditioned coolness is an important necessity for us, so is the fact that we ensure that tour HVAC systems w ill run smoothly, without any problems.
The air conditioner falling sick in summer is the worst thing that can happen to us. The very thought can cause stress. However, just as air conditioning systems cater to our comfort needs, we too need to look after the requirements of our HVAC systems.
Here are some tips that can ensure the smooth functioning of your air conditioners in summer.
1. Test Run
In all likelihood, the air conditioner was sleeping cozily while you were using the heating system. Before summer really sets in, you can test run your air conditioner and check if the cooling is as required. Engage a HVAC technician who will check the system and predict any dangers that may be lurking. And technicians are easier to get during the off-peak season, and their charges will be reasonable too.
Regular maintenance is very important for a smooth, long and efficient life of your air conditioner. The first thing you need to make sure is that you check the filter regularly. In summer, the air conditioner is used almost full time. This is the reason enough to clean the filter regularly, once is a fortnight would be ideal, but once in three weeks is a must. Clean the evaporator coils every year and straightening any bent that there may be. Better still, draw up a contract with a HVAC company that will send across a professional for a periodic check and cleaning.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat
It is not always that you need use the air conditioner at the same temperature. For example, you may like the comfort of say 70 degrees. But it is not necessary that your air conditioner works to maintain the same temperature throughout. When you are not at home, you sold set the temperature at a higher temperature, which will translate into reduction in the pressure of the compressor as well as lesser energy bills. Get a programmable thermostat to reduce the cooling when you are away or set the thermostat in the sleep mode. Efficient use of this handy device can save almost $200 annually.
4. Get a New System
If your air conditioner is over ten years old, it is time you replace it with a new one. An old system has a large appetite when it comes to energy consumption. They are also prone to chills and ills, thus unpredictable. Repairs can create a hole in your pocket.
5. Prevent Leakage
Check to see if there are any leaks in your home, or in the rooms where you have the air conditioning. This will prevent leakage of precious cool air. Try sealing your ducts with insulation. Sealing and insulation need effort but it is worthwhile in energy efficiency, regardless of the season.
These tips will help you choose effective ways of reducing energy bills.