Homeowners will be urgently looking for efficient air conditioning systems as the summer months approaches. During the hot summer months, air conditioning is a godsend but people tend to forget the value of it as summer months fade away.
One of the major household expenses is air conditioning repair. It is important to keep the unit properly maintained to avoid the chances of your air conditioner breaking down. Additionally, it is vital that the repair of your air conditioner is done properly. The fact is that the repair job is dependent on the problem associated with your air conditioning unit. Considering the constant spiraling of air conditioning sales, here are some useful tips that will save you both money and energy.
Tips to Increase Your Cooling System’s Efficiency
#1: Purchase Additional Products:
When purchasing a brand new air conditioning unit, you should, apart from choosing an energy-efficient unit, also buy suitable weatherization and insulation products that will help to save energy. Seal windows and doors properly. Insulate the duct system, attic, floors, and walls properly.
#2: Avoid Direct Sunlight:
Use the help of curtains and shades to control direct sunlight; thereby decreasing the effect of the sun’s radiant heat. To prevent hot sun rays from striking the unit, plant trees near windows. Also, properly close all windows and doors.
#3: Regular Servicing and Repairs:
To ensure that you save money and that your air conditioning unit is working properly, get the unit properly tuned. Air handler or furnace filters need to be replaced or repaired regularly. To make sure that your air conditioning unit is always operating at topmost efficiency sign up for an annual maintenance contract with a licensed dealer. Delaying your air conditioning repairs can lead to a waste of energy and increased power bills. It is strongly suggested that you clean the evaporator/ condenser coils at the beginning of each season.
#4: Examine the Exhaust Fans:
Turn off the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen as soon as the job is over; else, they will blow the expensive chilled air out.
#5: Using Suitable Cooling Systems:
A windows air conditioner costs less than a central cooling system. You can choose the area that needs to be cooled with window units and can save energy and money.
#6: Do not Keep Lower Thermostat Settings:
You should set the thermostat setting no lower than 21°C – 23°C. This saves your energy costs while keeping the air inside your home comfortable.
Tips before Buying an Air Conditioner
Individuals worried about the itchy humid weather of July-August and summer heat of May-June and are recommended to adhere to these two simple steps:
The higher the better: Tonnage is the term that defines the air conditioner’s cooling capacity. The size of the air conditioner does not matter. Instead, you should check its capacity in advance. An oversized air-conditioner is less energy efficient and less effective. Therefore, select the suitable size of AC for your room. For example, the capacity required will be 0.75 ton if the room size is up to 120 sq. ft. In the same vein, the capacity required will be up to 1 ton if the room size is 121-150 sq. ft., then and so on. A reputable HVAC contractor, to find out the suitably sized unit for your home, will conduct a proper heat/ loss calculation. It is not a case of “one size fits all.”
#2: Energy Efficiency:
If you are thinking about purchasing an air conditioner, make sure that it consumes less power and is energy efficient. Check for the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) rating, which will help you save energy and cut down on power consumption. While you have to pay more for units with a higher SEER rating, the greater the SEER value, the more energy-efficient the system is.