Tips for an Air Conditioning Tune Up
By following these A/C tune-up tips, you can keep your home cool and utility bills low during the oppressive summer heat. The key is making sure that your air conditioner is working efficiently.
It’s not difficult to keep cool during sweltering months without receiving high utility bills. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system, there are ways you can cool down all summer long and save money while at it.
Your air conditioning unit will work without hiccups if it’s fully clean. If the air filters are dirty, clean or replace them. We recommend cleaning once every month and replacing once in a 90-day period. Replace the filters frequently if your home is always dusty or you have pets because dust and pet fur build up in the filters.
Set your thermostat to the auto setting. In auto mode, your air conditioner won’t run non-stop. This reduces the amount of energy needed to keep the unit up and running.
Hour after hour, your air con circulates air in your home and removes moisture from it. When running automatically, it will shut off when the desired temperature is reached.
On the outside unit, there’s a condenser coil that you should wash. Clean it once a year for your air conditioner to run at peak efficiency. A dirty coil is less efficient and runs hotter.
To tell if the coil is running too hot, check the copper tube connecting the indoor and outdoor units. If it is, professional service is in order. An air conditioning technician will inspect the unit for low refrigerant levels and clean it. Full of refrigerant and free of debris, your A/C will run smoothly come summer. Accutemp are professionals who highly recommend getting your A/C maintained regularly. They specialise in commercial air conditioning Adelaide services as well as a range of other HVAC related services. Learn more at Accutemp’s Facebook on A/C maintenance.
Home and Away
Always leave the air con on when going out, even if you’re going on vacation. Turn the unit off and it will strain to cool your house when you restart it. In addition, plants, pets and appliances may suffer if it gets too hot indoors.
Instead of turning the air conditioner off, be energy-efficient by raising the temperature. An increase of 10 degrees will ensure that your home doesn’t heat up, forcing your A/C to work harder and longer to bring the mercury down.
Save 5-30% on energy use using a programmable thermostat. Set the thermostat to a higher temperature, say 26oC, at night and when you’re off to work.
Smart thermostats are a better option. You can program the thermostat as you wish and control it from your phone or tablet wherever you are. For max efficiency and personalised comfort, go “smart.”
Staying cool in the summer is an obsession for many. But it can drain your time, wallet and productivity if your unit isn’t running reliably. When your air conditioner goes on the fritz, call in an accredited HVAC specialist. An expert technician will respond in time and give you a prompt, reliable service.
Do it yourself air conditioning is money-saving but time-sucking.