With good maintenance, an AC unit can last up to 15 years. The important phrase there is “up to.” You get more use from your air conditioner when you take care of it – lower utility bills, too. We’ve told you before what to look for in an AC system. In this post, we tell you how to boost air conditioning efficiency.
Every AC unit needs a filter. Without one, dirt, debris, and other particles accumulate on the evaporator coils. Today’s AC filters come in a variety of styles and types; you can even find some with antimicrobial properties. These are great in homes with high humidity levels, as they help fight mold and mildew. Another AC filter innovation has an electrostatic charge to capture dust, pollen, smoke, and even mold spores.
Regardless of the type of filter you choose, it helps improve indoor air quality and ensure your AC unit does not contribute to the pollution inside your home.
Because the filter works so hard to remove dust and dirt from the air, it doesn’t take long before it becomes clogged. To keep your air conditioner working efficiently, you need to clean or replace the filter regularly. During the summer months, this means at least every two months, and monthly is better. During the winter months, every two to three months is fine, assuming you live in a mild winter climate like Phoenix.
2. A Reliable Air Conditioning Company
Search online for a good local air conditioning maintenance and repair company. This is a must-have for any Valley homeowner. Companies like Isley’s provide top-notch maintenance, installation, and air conditioner repair. Read the online reviews and do your research, because many businesses claim they’re the best but take advantage of customers.
Generally, when your air conditioning goes out in the hot Arizona summer, you’ve got an immediate problem. Accessibility is essential. You may need the company in an emergency, so its website should provide a 24/7 phone number. The business should make some effort to provide guidance based on years of experience. It should also be willing to help mitigate and prevent problems.
3. Weather Seals
Poorly constructed windows and doors are especially vulnerable to letting hot outside air into your home. Open air pockets decrease cooling efficiency in homes baking under the hot Arizona sun. Getting a professional to seal up your windows and doors can close up exposed areas and increase the power of your air conditioning, saving you money.
4. Vent Kit
A ventilation kit is needed for a portable AC unit when a regular window isn’t accessible. Luckily, you can add a drop ceiling vent kit which directs air up into the ceiling space. There are also kits that work with sliding glass doors or extra-large windows.
5. Thermostat Control
Air conditioning units with remote control capabilities are standard with many modern thermostats. That means you can change the settings without ever leaving the couch. With a remote control or smartphone app, you can turn the AC on and off, change the temperature, or set a timer. Ask your dealer if a remote is available if it didn’t come with one in the box. And, while it’s not a must-have, home automation systems that run via your smartphone and control your air conditioning are also becoming a very worthy “nice to have”.
6. Security Lock
Portable air conditioners are extremely convenient, but can be a security risk. Special locks can secure a window that has vent kit components installed. You’ll be able to fasten and lock the window, making it hard for anyone to break in.
7. Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is a must-have if you want to boost air conditioning efficiency. It takes care of several factors that can reduce efficiency and operating life. It includes clearing debris from condenser coils and vacuuming condenser coils. Sometimes a fin comb is needed to straighten the fins on the coil. Professional contractors can check coolant levels and do regular cleaning and inspection, so check that your Arizona air conditioning service offers regularly scheduled maintenance.