As Alabama summer temperatures reach into the 90s and humidity levels rise, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit must be able to meet this demand. Keeping your AC system in good working order results in lower energy usage and a more comfortable indoor environment. Here are a few ways to maximize the cooling efficiency of your system.
Change the Filter
Keeping air filters clean is one of the simplest, most effective ways to maximize air conditioning efficiency. Filters trap airborne particulates and keep them from entering the system. When filters are clogged, dust and other pollutants stick to the inside of ducts, coat coils and eventually enter your living space. Dirty coils make the compressor work harder, which reduces efficiency.
Have Regular Tune-Ups
Regular tuneups are an inexpensive, effective way to increase efficiency. An HVAC contractor will examine, clean and calibrate all parts of the system, including refrigerant levels, electrical connections, thermostat settings and the condensate drain. The service technician will clean the coils, oil fans and motors and make sure the unit cycles on and off properly. The technician can also check ducts for leaks. Up to 30 percent of conditioned air is lost through leaks and poor joins.
Shade Outdoor Compressor
The Department of Energy states that shading the outdoor unit of an HVAC unit can increase efficiency by up to 10 percent. Although shade is helpful, be sure to keep enough space around the unit for adequate airflow. Restricting airflow can make the unit work harder. Your HVAC contractor can advise you about shading and airflow.
Affordable Heating and Air
Affordable Heating and Air has more than 15 years of experience in providing new installations, repairs and maintenance to HVAC equipment for residential and commercial customers in Sylacauga, Alabama, and nearby communities. Our maintenance plans provide two tune-ups each year as well as a discount on repairs, priority service and automatic reminders for seasonal maintenance.
Our NATE-certified technicians service all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Call (256) 245-2870 to speak to one of our service technicians about how to ensure that your AC system is operating at maximum efficiency.