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If you want to increase the efficiency of your home’ s air conditioning unit, you must maintain it properly. You can do this by combining annual check-ups by a professional contractor with some “do-it-yourself” measures. By doing this you will be able to ensure that your air conditioning unit is always operating efficiently and that it will last for a long time.
Regularly replace or clean your unit’s filter – Some filters can be vacuumed or washed while others have to be replaced periodically. Check the manual of your air conditioning unit for further guidance.
Remove anything that may obstruct your unit’s air flow – For outside air conditioning unit ensure that there is at least 3 feet of free space between it and any surrounding trees, shrubs, plants or fencing. If you have an indoor air conditioning unit, remove any house plants close to it that may block its air flow. You should also avoid having drapes or curtains hanging over your air conditioning unit while it’s in operation. Cover your unit during the months when you are not using it, this is to protect it from debris and dirt.
Ensure that your air conditioning unit is charged with the recommended amount of refrigerant. A unit that is 20% undercharged will operate at a 20% lower efficiency.
Ensure that duct the work of your unit is properly sealed. If duct work of your unit is properly sealed, you will be able to reduce its cooling energy use by up to 10 to 15 percent.
Clean the drain line of your air conditioning unit – You do this by pouring a few ounces of bleach into it every 3 to 4 months.
You should adjust the thermostat to an energy saving setting – During the warmer months, set the thermostat to 74-78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are at home, and around 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are away. During the colder months, set it around 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are at home and to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit when you aren’t at home. You can also install a programmable thermostat, it will enable you to program it to set automatically the appropriate temperatures for different times of the day
Apply weatherstripping and caulking and around doors, attic stairs, windows, attic hatches and other potential areas where leakages may occur, to prevent air infiltration, since it reduces the efficiency of air conditioning units.
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