Do you know how your air conditioner works and how to keep it running efficiently? Even if you aren’t technically-inclined, knowing a few facts about how your air conditioner works—and how to get the most from it—can save you money and improve your comfort at home. If you have questions or are experiencing problems with your air conditioner, contact a Tucson air conditioning service for professional assistance.
Use the Right Filter
Changing your air filter regularly will keep your home cleaner and prevent your air conditioning from becoming overtaxed. However, not all air filters are the same. Filters with a MERV rating of 4 must be changed every month, while a filter with a MERV rating of 8 can be left in place for up to three months. If you or your family members have allergies or asthma, a filter with a higher MERV rating can help to improve indoor air quality and comfort.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Running your air conditioner while no one is home isn’t an efficient use of power. Installing a programmable thermostat can allow you to create programs based on your schedule to turn your air conditioning up or down based on when you are home. A programmable thermostat can help you save money and reduce your home’s overall energy consumption without the need for you to adjust the temperature manually multiple times each day.
Use an Air Conditioning Service
Your air conditioner should be serviced by a professional once a year. A yearly tune-up will improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, reducing the costs of cooling your home. Your air conditioning service will also replace any worn or failing parts before they can become a problem and affect your indoor comfort and cause more expensive emergency repairs.
Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions, LLC can help you maintain your air conditioning with monthly filter change reminders, yearly service, and 24-hour emergency repairs. Contact us today by calling 520-495-2227 to speak with a heating and cooling expert about your needs. Check out our website to find our current specials and promotions.
Your air conditioner works hard each year to keep your Tucson home cool when the summertime temperatures soar. Just like any piece of machinery, your air conditioner needs regular maintenance to ensure it keeps running effectively. For every year that your air conditioner is not maintained, it can lose up to 15% efficiency, costing you more over the long term and increasing the risk of a breakdown.
Changing the Filter
An air filter, usually placed just behind your HVAC intake vent, screens out dirt and dust to both protect your air conditioner and minimize airborne particles in your home. A dirty filter alone can cost your air conditioner anywhere from five to fifteen percent in efficiency. To maintain peak efficiency, reduce the cost of cooling, and prevent premature wear to your air handler, change your filter every one to three months based on the instructions on the packaging.
Cleaning the Coils
Central air conditioning includes both an indoor evaporator and an outdoor condenser. Both of these components use coils to transfer heat between the air and a refrigerant solution. Over time, these coils can become coated with dust, reducing their efficiency. You’ll need to run your air conditioner for longer or turn the temperature down lower to achieve the same amount of cooling, costing you more in energy either way. Clean the coils or have an air conditioning specialist check and clean them at least once a year to gain additional energy efficiency.
Protecting the Condenser
Taking steps to protect your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser can also save you money. Keeping foliage and landscaping trimmed back will prevent dust and debris from damaging the coils. Shading your condenser with plants can save you a further 10% on your energy bills.
The right maintenance now can save you money in the long term and prolong your air conditioner’s lifetime. Call Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions, LLC of Tucson today at 520-495-2227 to schedule air conditioning maintenance or repairs for your home. You can find additional home heating and cooling tips on our blog.