The way you maintain and use AC equipment will have a huge impact on how efficiently it operates. An inefficient air conditioning system will cost you extra money in utility bills. It's therefore in your best interests to pay attention to ways you can make your system more efficient. The following are six mistakes to avoid to maximize the efficiency of your AC equipment.
Allowing debris to build up in vents
Vents are necessary for releasing conditioned air that has flown through the ducts into a home's interiors. If vents become clogged with dust and debris, it will create a backup of conditioned air in the vents. This will cause AC equipment to require more effort to force conditioned air into interiors. Periodically cleaning out vents with a vacuum cleaner or by washing them is important for ensuring proper air flow in an AC system.
Leaving doors and windows open while your air conditioner is on
Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently when conditioned air is trapped within a home. If conditioned air can leak out open doors and windows, your air conditioner will have to work harder than necessary to replace air that's already been cooled. Always keep doors and windows closed when using your air conditioner or any HVAC equipment for maximum efficiency.
Letting AC units get dirty
You should regularly inspect and clean off your air conditioner unit. Dust and debris that builds up around your unit can hamper air flow. Your air conditioner needs to be constantly supplied with fresh air to operate effectively. Wipe down your AC unit's exterior periodically to protect both AC efficiency and interior air quality in your home.
Turning your thermostat down too low
When you're cooling your home with your air conditioner, your air conditioner will have to work harder for every degree you turn your thermostat down. If you want to maximize AC efficiency, opt for slightly higher temperatures that will still allow those within your home to feel comfortable.
Having ductwork that isn't adequately insulated
Uninsulated ductwork will allow conditioned air to heat up as it flows through ducts. This will detract from the efficiency of the system and mean that conditioned air is hotter than it should be when it reaches interiors.
Neglecting to occasionally clean your drain line
Air conditioners typically include a drain that is located at the cooling coil. If this drain line becomes clogged or dirty, water will not be able to properly drain out of the unit. This could cause malfunctions over time. Occasionally have your drain line flushed with bleach and cleaned out to prevent clogs.
For more air conditioning maintenance tips, consult with an HVAC professional.