As the weather continues to heat up, you’re going to rely more and more on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. That’s going to contribute to some pretty high monthly operating costs, but what can you do? Go without and be miserable all summer? No, all you need to do is take some steps to increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. The following are some of the best ways you can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency before summer arrives.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Perhaps the single greatest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner healthy, preventive maintenance is highly recommended during the spring season. Having a professional technician closely examine your air conditioner every spring will remove any problems that could be exacerbated by the added strain of summer. Beyond that, though, it will also increase your system’s energy efficiency.
Regular maintenance can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by up to 40%, as well as reduce the odds of serious problems developing later on by up to 90%. All you need to do is make sure that you’re scheduling maintenance consistently in order to receive these benefits.
Remember to Change Your Air Filter
Air conditioners make use of air filters to protect them from the dust and other contaminants that are commonly found in ductwork. If the filter isn’t changed every three months or so, though, it can become clogged. A clogged air filter will cut off most of the air flow into the system, causing a wide range of issues like sharp output drops. You should change your air filter every three months while you’re using the air conditioner to keep it running smoothly or have a professional do it for you.
Replace Your Old Air Conditioner
Eventually, your air conditioner is going to reach a point where no amount of care or maintenance is going to keep it running. If you’re using an air conditioner that is 10-15+ years old, now might be the time to consider replacing it. Older air conditioners accumulate a wide range of chronic issues, most of which are related to normal wear and tear on the system over the years. You can’t completely fix these issues. You can only keep the system running a bit longer.
Older air conditioners tend to cost much more to keep up and operating than younger ones, though. Even if you can keep your older air conditioner functioning for one more season, is that really the most cost-efficient option for you? We don’t think so, which is why we recommend that you consult with us about replacing your old air conditioner with a new one. Why wait for your old unit to break down in the summer when you can just replace it now?
Air On Demand provides air conditioner maintenance and replacement services of all kinds. If you need help with your central air conditioning in Miami, FL, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner is ready for summer.