If you have been dissatisfied with your air conditioner lately, then you might be considering buying a new unit. However, there are a variety of measures that you can take to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner and lower your electricity bills, all without committing to a new purchase. Here are some examples of such measures:
First of all, you want to make sure that your home has suitable airflow. If the output of your air conditioner isn't sent where it needs to go, then it might feel like your AC is broken when it really isn't.
The air ducts and ventilation is often the first component of airflow, so you want to make sure that everything is working well on that front. To do this, you should examine each of the vent covers in your home, to check if there is actually cold air coming out when the AC is on. If you find that some covers don't have any airflow at all, you might be dealing with a blockage.
The other component is the movement of air between rooms, which can be streamlined with fans or by leaving certain doors open. In fact, by using fans and strategically choosing to open certain doors and windows, you can get a great deal of natural airflow and cooling from the breeze outside. In these situations, your goal is to open a door or window that faces a strong incoming breeze, and then to route that breeze throughout the occupied portions of your house, creating a cooling sensation without needing to turn on the air conditioner at all.
Clean Your Air Conditioner
You also want to make sure that you are cleaning out your air conditioner regularly. Once every few months may seem sufficient, but you may need to clean it more often if you have periods of heavy use or if you have a central air conditioning system.
As you use your air conditioner, it will build up dust and debris inside the unit. You will need to clean out, since dust is great at absorbing heating. If the dust absorbs the heat of the air conditioner that is meant to be vented outside, it will raise the temperature of the air conditioner unit itself, forcing it to work even harder.
If you have an external unit, you want to make sure that there aren't any plants or other organic material near the appliance. The unit itself has quite a few vents to allow air to escape, but these can also let leaves and pine needles in fairly easily, which can cause some of the same problems as dust.
For more tips and information on air conditioning maintenance, contact a company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors or another location.