An air conditioning installation is one of the largest investments a homeowner will make. Because of this, you want to ensure the unit is operating as efficiently as possible to both keep it in good condition as well as save money on your energy bill. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently:
Use Additional Fans
Extra fans, particularly ceiling fans, are a good way to help circulate the cool air generated by the air conditioner. Ceiling fans actually pull the cool air downward into the room and push the warmer air to the top of the house. This will help your air conditioner cycle less frequently, resulting in more efficient use.
Install Outdoor Unit Thoughtfully
When you have your air conditioner unit installed, make sure the outdoor condenser is placed in a shady place if possible. If the sun remains on the condenser for the bulk of the day, it can overheat and run less efficiently.
If your condenser is already installed in a place with little shade, there are still some things you can do. You can actually have your condenser moved to a different place on your property. Call your local HVAC technician to ask about cost and how long the job will take.
If you do not want to go that route, you can build a shade structure near the unit or plant some shrubs nearby. A structure, such as some fence panels, can help decrease the amount of sunlight hitting the unit directly. Be careful not to build anything too close or cover the condenser in any way, as it requires constant air flow to operate efficiently.
Cover Your Windows in Warm Rooms
If you have rooms in your home that get more sunlight or are hotter than other rooms, keep the windows covered during the hottest parts of the day. While it is nice to open the curtains and blinds on sunny days, it can have an impact on your air conditioner's efficiency, especially in the warmer months of the year. If you must have some natural sunlight, open your window coverings in the morning and evening and keep them closed during the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak.
Taking these steps to ensure your air conditioner is operating efficiently is a wonderful way to lengthen the life of your HVAC. Consider regular maintenance checks by your local HVAC technician for optimal performance.