Your air conditioning system accounts for about 12% of your overall yearly home energy expenses.
This figure increases to 70% in the hotter summer period.
It is evident that air conditioning is a significant energy consumer in your home. It makes sense that you’d want to improve the HVAC system’s efficiency. The first step to take in improving your air conditioner’s efficiency is to change your filter. Strictly follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on when to replace your filter, how to keep it clean, and how to run optimally. Nonetheless, you can also diagnose your HVAC system before your scheduled HVAC maintenance period. Ordinarily, the HVAC system’s air filter accumulates grime and dirt over time, reducing airflow, slowing your system down, and worsening indoor air quality. This forces your HVAC system to work harder. The more your HVAC system strains, the shorter its lifespan will be. To avoid this, shade your outdoor air conditioning unit to save energy and improve its performance. However, be careful not to put any unneeded strain on the HVAC unit by inhibiting airflow. Trim vegetation close to your outdoor unit, and remove all barriers near the HVAC equipment. The closest component to your outdoor unit should be at least 24 inches away from your outdoor HVAC equipment. Keep your registers and vents open and clean to improve your AC’s airflow. When these components are blocked, pressure in your system will increase, leading to breakdowns and forced air leaks in the ductwork. Also, remember to clean your AC condenser at least twice a year.