Make sure your air conditioner is ready for Summer. Clean your exterior condenser cooling fins and perform the below maintenance tasks so your AC is ready to handle the heat of Summer.
The heat can also bring high utility bills as we crank air conditioners. So it’s a good idea, whether for your wallet or for the environment, to consider tips to make your air conditioner work more efficiently.
- First, check the seals around window units and other wall penetrations to make sure extra heat isn’t getting into the house in the first place.
- Set timers on bathroom exhaust fans so they are not pulling in warm and discharging cool air out of the home all day lone.
- Check also that your attic is properly insulated which does just as much good in the summer as it can in the winter. Insulation prevents attic heat from leaking into your home and cool air from escaping.
- Use blinds to keep the sun from baking your house’s interior and consider architectural details that can further enhance the shade — and cooling effects. These include awnings, pergolas and deciduous trees on the south side of your home. Deciduous trees have leaves in Summer that block heat while losing leaves in the winter allowing more sunlight to get to the home.
- Keep your furnace filter clean and vents in the rooms clear so the unit can operate efficiently with good air flow.
- Make sure the air ducts are checked regularly; not only do they accumulate allergens, but they work harder when they get clogged and dirty.
- Use ceiling fans to better circulate the air. There is a switch on the side of the ceiling fan that allows you to control the direction of the blades so air blows down in Summer and upward in Winter.
With air conditioning being more commonplace and less of a luxury, it’s still important to remember that there is a lot we can do to maximize its effectiveness. In the end, both you and your bank account will feel more comfortable when you have your air conditioner ready for the summer heat.
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