Neglecting maintenance limits energy efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
Whether you’re worried about dwindling natural resources, or simply want to save a few bucks on your energy bill, improving energy efficiency is a win-win for everyone. One of the major ways you can do this is by performing regular maintenance on major home appliances, like your air conditioner. Read on for a few tips on how to keep your air conditioner running like a champ.
Clean or Replace the Filter
When a filter gets dirty, it blocks the normal airflow to your system. A clogged filter will significantly reduce your unit’s efficiency and force it to work twice as hard to keep you cool. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a grimy filter can lower the energy use of your AC unit by 5% to 15%. Cha-ching!
Inspect the Coil Fins
Evaporator and condenser coils have small, fragile aluminum fins. These can accidentally become bent, blocking airflow through the coil. As we just discussed, blocked airflow means more strain on the unit and higher energy costs. You can purchase a “fin comb” to help straighten these back into their original position, restoring the open flow of air.
Clean Your Unit’s Drain
Passing a stiff wire through your unit’s drain channels will clear any blockages. A clogged drain channel prevents your unit from reducing the humidity in the room, and can lead to discolored walls, carpet, mold and mildew. Gross.
Check the Seal for Room Air Conditioners
If you don’t have central air, be sure and check the seal between the air conditioner and window frame. Over time, moisture and heat can damage the seal and cause it to disintegrate. You want to make sure there aren’t any gaps, and the seal is in full contact with the unit’s casing. If the seal is damaged, you’re allowing cool air to escape from your house. It’s kind of like throwing your pocket change out the window every day.
Winter. Is. Coming.
Game of Thrones jokes aside, you do need to make some preparations for your unit before the cooler months arrive. If your unit is portable, remove it from the window, clean it, cover it, and store it in safe, dry place. For outdoor units, you’ll also want to have it cleaned and covered. Covering it will help protect the unit from harsh winter weather and natural debris.
Hire a Professional
Now that you’ve read all the way down to the bottom, there is an easier way to improve your unit’s efficiency and save yourself time and money. Hire a professional to do all these things and more. Whether you schedule an individual appointment, or join a service club, having a professional come out and perform regular maintenance tasks ensures your warranty remains valid, and saves you the hassle of trying to find out where the heck you can buy a “fin comb”.
For those of you lucky enough to live near Statesville, North Carolina, the professional men and women of Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning are here for you. Put our 45 years of experience to good use: click this link or call us today at 704-872-0414 and we’ll help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, and keep that air conditioner blowing nice and cold.