Posted on: 23 February 2016
When you turn your central air conditioner on during the hot summer months you want it to work efficiently. This means it will cool your house well without working harder than it should, which would put more wear and tear on it and cause your energy bills to be larger than they should be. Keeping your air conditioning system in good working order and making sure the cool air isn't escaping are two things you need to do in order to keep the house comfortably cooler for less. The information here will help you to do both of those things.
Properly maintaining your air conditioning system
The compressor to your central air conditioner is located outside where it is exposed to the elements, even though the motor is protected by a metal box. However, you still want to do what you can to protect it. If your compressor takes on a lot of direct sunlight then you may want to have a canopy installed above it so it is partially protected from some of that direct sunlight. Also, make sure the area around it is free from weed growth, dirt and other debris.
Check the unit
It's a good idea to have the system serviced at the start of the season by an HVAC technician. They can look at it to ensure it is in good working order before you go about using it for the summer. Also, you want to clean or replace the air filter regularly to ensure the air can make its way through the filter without the system needing to work harder than it should to draw the air in.
Keep the cool air in
If the weather stripping around your doors or windows is worn, you should replace it right away. This way, you won't be losing some of that cool air, which will make it harder for you to keep the house cooled down. If you can see light coming through the bottom of any doors that lead to the outside, then you should replace the threshold with a new one. Having a dark or reflective tint put on your windows is another way to help the house stay cooler. The tint stops the sun from penetrating through the windows, fighting your efforts to cool the house.
The advice provided here is going to help you keep the inside of your house at a more comfortable temperature during the hotter part of the year. Contact a local contractor, like Metro Air, for more tips.Share