Are you looking for ways to make your air conditioner more efficient? There are several steps you can take to ensure your AC unit is running as efficiently as possible. From unblocking and vacuuming vents to cleaning the condenser unit and investing in a programmable thermostat, there are many ways to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner. At Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc., we have been providing quality plumbing, heating, and cooling services throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and the Main Line since 1977. Our team can help you clean your system, choose an efficient air conditioning system that fits the square footage of your home, and perform tune-ups, repairs, and installations. One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve air conditioning efficiency is to purchase a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats can automatically adjust your home's temperature according to your schedule and preferences, allowing you to reduce energy consumption during unoccupied hours and save money on your energy bills. Cleaning the condenser unit is also a great way to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner. You can clean the evaporator and condenser coils with a garden hose, but be careful not to get any electrical connections wet. When cleaning the coils, inspect the fins as they are delicate and bend easily.
If you notice any bent fins, simply straighten them with a fin comb. In addition, you should remove any grass, weeds, or old winter leaves that accumulate near the air conditioner and avoid gardening less than two feet from the unit. Items should not be stored near the external compressor as anything that blocks air flow makes the system less energy efficient. Filters remove dust, hair, and other particles from the air so these contaminants don't spread throughout the house.
You can improve the air quality inside your home and consume less energy by changing your HVAC filter every 30 days. Clean filters let more air through, allowing the system to heat up and cool more efficiently. For most systems, filters with a MERV rating between seven and 13 offer an excellent balance between filtration capacity and maximum airflow. An old air filter that is covered in dirt, dust, and grime will negatively affect your home's airflow.
In addition to cleaning the vents, another way to increase the efficiency of the air conditioner is to keep all the vents open. A great way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner is to regularly inspect the ventilation grilles on the walls, floors, and ceilings of your home. If you're wondering how to make your air conditioner more efficient while using an older unit that's decades old, it's almost certain that the most effective way to reduce your cooling bills is to invest in a completely new air conditioner. While vacuuming vent covers and air ducts is an excellent way to improve air conditioning efficiency, dirt or foreign objects may be in the air ducts that cannot be accessed without special tools.
These leaks can cause your air conditioning system to work harder and consume more energy, resulting in higher energy bills. To increase the efficiency of the AC unit in your home, apply sealant and weatherstrip products to all affected areas. When certain parts of the air conditioner are not cleaned regularly, the entire unit has to work harder and use more energy to create the comfortable environment you want - whether you have central air conditioning or if you are looking to increase the efficiency of your window AC unit. Turning off lights when they're not in use and using LED bulbs are two effective ways to reduce energy consumption and improve the efficiency of your AC unit in your home.
Consider scheduling two seasonal HVAC adjustments each year - one in spring for ACs and another in fall for heating - as well as inspecting condensing unit wiring for signs of overheating or wear. In addition to improving insulation, it's important to seal any gaps or air leaks around the house to ensure that the air conditioning system is operating as efficiently as possible. Discovering how ductwork can effectively improve your home's energy efficiency is also key for reducing utility bills. At Henderson Plumbing Heating & Cooling Inc., our team will work with you to choose an efficient AC system that fits your home's square footage while helping you keep it comfortable during winter or summer.
Whether you want to improve efficiency or perform a replacement, our team can solve all of your problems - call us by phone at (48) 206-8594 or book an appointment online.