Whether you’re approaching summer or creeping into the depths of winter, making the decision to install an air conditioner in your home can be very exciting.
Once installed though, what can you do next to ensure you’re getting the most out of your unit? There are a few things to do to ensure your AC is kept is running efficiently and effectively. Let’s take a look.
Getting a new air conditioner is an exciting process, but how do you make sure you’re getting the most of it once it has been installed? Let’s take a look.
Talk To Your Installer About Implementing a Preventative Maintenance Plan
One of the best ways to ensure your AC system is kept in tip-top shape (and to not have to worry about it yourself!) is to talk to your installer or technician about implementing a preventative maintenance plan with routine checkups. Regular maintenance will ensure that your unit is kept in optimal condition all year round, ultimately leading to a reduction in repair costs, lower electricity bills, and an increase in the life expectancy of your system.
Cleaning and Changing Your Filters
Even with little use, your air conditioner will collect dust, pollen, and fur. Cleaning and replacing your air filters is an important part of the general maintenance process to remove this debris. Filters are an important component of your AC system. They are usually made of a fine material like pleated paper or cloth stretched across a sturdy frame.
Clogged filters are one of the common causes of major malfunctions in air con systems. A dirty filter will also allow less air to pass through, causing fans to work harder, increasing energy consumption and slowly damaging your system. Clogged filters can also lead to a buildup of contaminants in your ducts.
You should inspect your filters every other month. If they are dirty, clean them gently outside. If they are damaged in some way, they may need replacing (read more about this here).
Cleaning The Condenser
Although they are sturdier than the indoor unit, outdoors units need attention too. This involves inspecting the condenser to check for any dirt, leaves, twigs or other debris. After that, give the unit a good gentle hose down.
Keep The Unit Running
Although it may seem counterintuitive, keeping the unit running will boost its efficiency and help save money in the long run. Constantly turning your unit off and on will mean your unit has to work harder to get up to speed. If there are you are feeling too hot or cooled, simply adjust the temperature rather than turning your unit off.
Be Aware of Exhaust Fans In Your Home
Exhaust fans, such as those in kitchens and bathrooms, can suck in the air that your unit is producing and vent it outside. This is a waste of energy, so be sure to use them only when needed, and if possible close any doors that between rooms where this could happen.
Be Wary of Any Open Doors In Your House
If your air conditioner is being used to heat/cool a centralised space, be sure to close off any unused rooms, closets or parts of the house where the air might be wasted. The greater the area your unit has to heat, the harder it will have to work.
If you are having issues with your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.