While your central air conditioner’s outdoor condenser unit is likely placed out of sight and earshot, you should spend an hour around it during peak summer each year to see how much it runs. Ideally, once it’s managed to bring your home to the temperature that you’ve set, it shouldn’t run all the time. If it does that, there is something wrong, and you need to fix it, if you aren’t to spend much more on your utility bills than necessary.
First, Invest in Routine Maintenance
Air-conditioners handle a lot of air through tightly packed radiator coils. When these coils inevitably collect dust, it impedes airflow. There are important steps to take to ensure smooth operation. Cleaning the dust filters on a weekly basis, changing them out once a year and painstakingly cleaning the coils themselves, are all essential to efficient air-conditioner function. It’s a good idea to call in a professional A/C maintenance crew for the job. Experienced workers are able to make sure that the fan, compressor, ductwork, refrigerant lines and other parts are in good condition, through visual and auditory checks.
Check Out the Location of the Air Conditioner
Your air-conditioner will have an easier time cooling your home if the condenser unit outside isn’t squarely in the sun. While relocating the unit may be too hard, you could put up some shade for it. It could be a DIY job, and it will make sure that your unit doesn’t run as long. A large shade can save 2% off your electricity bills.
Check Everywhere for Air Leaks
The spaces under the doors may not seem like much, but they can let in a constant stream of hot air in summer. Door snakes and weather stripping aren’t just for winter. They work well in summer, as well. You want to look at everything — drafty windows, doors that don’t close properly and broken pet doors — anything that lets in warm, outside air.
Look at those Appliances
People neglect to pay attention to a simple mistake that they make, that forces their air-conditioner to work much harder than it should — they generate a great deal of heat indoors by leaving lights, televisions and other appliances on all the time. The simplest thing to do here is to turn these off when they aren’t in use. The next step is to block off the kitchen if there’s a door, or to get a curtain. Then, you want to turn off the air-conditioner that in the kitchen. That one room generates a disproportionate amount of heat.