Air conditioning efficiency plays a vital role in the overall functioning of the unit and total energy consumption of any household. Air conditioners tend to consume a lot of energy when they are not properly maintained and serviced regularly. However, there are a few measures that you can take to make the air conditioner more efficient and thus save energy cost.
The outdoor unit i.e. the condenser should be free from clutter, dust and debris. Thoroughly clean this unit. Take professional help if required for internal cleaning of this unit.
The vents that supply air inside the room also get clogged with dust over a period of time. Unnecessary dust accumulated in the system anywhere will lead to its inefficiency. Hence, anything that obstructs the flow of air in and out of the air conditioning unit must be cleared away.
Adjust the temperature of the thermostat depending on the weather and seasonal conditions. Appropriate change in the thermostat will bring you considerable savings from energy bills. Avoid placing appliances near the thermostat that radiate heat. The extra warmth from these appliances will make the thermostat work extra hard to bring down the temperature of the room.
Use blinds and curtains appropriately during the time of the day when sunlight directly hits your home. Adequate protection by this means will relieve the burden on the air conditioning unit. During the hottest part of the day, refrain from using appliances that radiate heat. This extra heat in the house will also burden the air conditioning unit.
Ducts take conditioned air from the unit to several rooms in the house. If the ducts are leaking somewhere they are not supposed to, it may cause additional load on the air conditioner. This leakage will amount to an inefficient system.
With some knowledge of the system and general maintenance tips, you should be able to maintain the efficiency of your air conditioner at a near optimum level. When you see considerable increase in energy bills during the summer months, you may want to call us to seek the help of our professionals to audit the air conditioning unit for its efficient operation.