Help Your Central Air Conditioning System Help You

Central Air Conditioner

If your home has a central air conditioning system installed, you are almost resigned to the fact that you may have to shell out a lot for your energy consumption and for the system’s upkeep and maintenance. However, you may also be aware that there is a wealth of information and knowledge about how owners of central AC systems can save money. With just a bit of know-how about the parts of your HVAC system and knowing who to call when you need help, you should be on your way to an efficient air conditioning unit that should serve you well all throughout the summer without putting a huge dent on your wallet or requiring an AC replacement installation. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep the efficiency of your AC system high.

Keep your blinds and curtains drawn to help your AC keep your indoor temperature comfortable. 

When your home gets warmed by the direct rays of the sun through your windows, expect your HVAC system to work twice as hard to keep ideal temperatures. However, if your blinds and curtains remain closed, they can at least keep some of the sun’s rays from heating up your house’s insides. Even during the winter, window treatments also help in keeping the heat inside the house instead of much of it escaping.

Window blinds are just as beneficial in winter. If snug against the window frame, they greatly reduce heat loss. They can also be kept open during the day and closed at night, trapping heat and reducing the need to turn on your furnace.

Keep your drain line clean. 

In your HVAC system, the drain line is usually located by the cooling coil, positioned above the unit in the basement. When this drain line gets clogged, the eater then goes to your basement, which will eventually encourage the growth of mold in the area. Make sure to keep the drain line clean by pouring a cup of chlorine into your AC drain and rinsing it with a gallon of water.

If the line isn’t properly cleaned, algae and mold can grow inside and clog the drain, causing elevated humidity, musty odors and water damage inside your home.

Don’t heat up your house further by using heat-producing appliances.

If it is possible, try to avoid using heat-producing appliances such as your oven and dryer during the hottest hours of the day. When you operate these appliances, warm air will be prevalent in your house and will put a strain on your AC to maintain the ideal temperature.

Keep heat-producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat. The heat they produce can cause your thermostat to think it needs to work harder to cool the room, using up more energy.

Insulate ductwork that is exposed.

If you see ductwork that is not in a conditioned space, try to seal it [properly so that any conditioned air won’t be leaked. There s duct-sealing tape available in hardware stores, so you can purchase that; just make sure it is UL181 rated. Moreover, when your HVAC maintenance pros come for a visit, don’t forget to mention this uninsulated ductwork to them so you can get their suggestions.

Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills, but you can reduce that loss by sealing and insulating your ducts. Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces is usually very cost-effective.

Make sure you are up-to-date with HVAC maintenance tips and tricks.

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