During Fort Wayne’s hot summers, your central air conditioning system can seemingly run non-stop to keep your home comfortable. If it seems like your air conditioning unit is running overtime, you may be worried about its energy efficiency and your cooling bills. Doc Dancer Heating & Air shares some air conditioner efficiency tips to help you keep your AC system running efficiently throughout the season.
Air Conditioner Efficiency Tips
If you want to improve air conditioner efficiency this season, implement these tips that will lower stress on your AC unit, save energy, and still keep you and your loved ones cool!
Whole Home Dehumidifier Installation
A whole home dehumidifier can play an important role in improving your ac system efficiency. By removing excess moisture from the air, dehumidifiers can help reduce the strain on air conditioners and keep them running smoothly. In homes with high humidity levels, a dehumidifier can make a big difference in ensuring comfortable temperatures.
Keep Drain Line Clear
Ensuring that your air conditioner drain line is clear is important for maintaining air conditioner efficiency. The condensate drain allows condensation to exit the system so it performs correctly.
There are a few things you can do to keep the condensate drain line clear, such as pouring a cup of chlorine bleach down it regularly then flushing it with water, and making sure the exit isn’t buried under dirt or debris outside. If you do find that the line is blocked at its exit, use a wet/dry vacuum to clean out debris and open up the drain line.
Clean Off the Outdoor Unit
As the summer season comes around, so do the inevitable storms. While rain and strong winds can be a major nuisance, they can also have a serious impact on your home’s cooling system, hindering AC efficiency. Debris such as branches, twigs, grass, and leaves can end up blocking the airflow to your outdoor condenser unit.
This restricted airflow prevents the air compressor from cooling down properly when it is operating, causing it to overheat and eventually fail. Airflow blockages also put additional strain on the other components in the outdoor unit, leading to wear and tear. In order to avoid these issues, it is important to keep your exterior unit clear of debris at all times. Make sure to take the time to clean up the outdoor unit regularly throughout the season.
Replace Air Filters
Keep an eye on the air filters for your HVAC systems and change them as needed this summer. A clean filter is needed to maintain the air conditioning system’s efficiency and good airflow through the unit. As filters become filled with pollutants, they block airflow and force cooling units to work harder, wasting energy. Often, filters need to be replaced since you’ll use your air conditioner much more frequently in the summer.
Schedule Tune Ups
Air conditioning systems need yearly maintenance so they can handle whatever the hot summer throws at them. To avoid an expensive and inconvenient breakdown this year, schedule HVAC maintenance. A qualified technician will inspect all of the mechanical parts inside your AC unit – from indoor coils to outdoor condenser – servicing them and looking for issues that might cause trouble later down the line. What’s more, routine system tune-ups can restore your air conditioning unit to peak efficiency, which will mean that you’ll save money on utility costs because your system will require less energy to cool your home.
Improve Air Conditioner Efficiency Today
Doc Dancer Heating & Air offers the professional services you need to help make your cooling system energy efficient throughout the summer. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance tune-up for your air conditioner or have a whole home dehumidifier installed.