Air conditioning efficiency is the result of year-round efforts, from pre-season maintenance of your system to smart improvements inside and outside of your home. Take time now to consider the following air conditioning efficiency checklist so that your family is comfortable and your utility bills are manageable through the warmest days of the year.
Schedule an annual air conditioning system tune-up: Annual maintenance of your air conditioning equipment is a must for efficient, effective cooling during warm weather, and also contributes to the longevity of the components. As soon as outdoor temperatures reach 60 degrees, you’re good to book your HVAC contractor for a pre-season call including such checks and adjustments as cleaning the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils, addressing refrigerant levels and cleaning and adjusting blower components.
Shade the air conditioning compressor: Ample shade for your system’s outdoor compressor will help it to work more efficiently. Just make sure that there’s plenty of space around the compressor for proper air intake and output, keeping shrubs and other plantings a one-foot distance away from all sides of the unit.
Seal air conditioning ductwork: Up to 20 percent of the cool air your system generates can leak out through poorly sealed and insulated ductwork, so take time now to eliminate those escape routes. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed tape (never duct tape, as it doesn’t have the required staying power) to seal all seams and connections, and then follow with an insulation wrap.