8 No-Cost Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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There is no denying that heating and cooling bills cover a measured part of our utility bills. In a study by the Department of Energy, it was found that central air-conditioning is the largest utility expense of U.S houses. The only way to escape this expense is by incorporating some effective steps that can improve the proficiency of your cooling system in a Salt Lake City home.

Here we are going to list some simple yet powerful ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning. So, let us focus on eight very efficient and low-cost suggestions that will elongate the life of your air conditioner and make the house way cooler. So, let us have a look:

1.    Increase the temperature by a few degrees

Did you know that by just adjusting the temperature 5-8 degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winters, you could save a substantial amount of energy? In a programmable thermostat, there is also a feature to set the temperature according to the time of day. For instance, mid-days in summer require more cooling, so you need a lower temperature. However, for the rest of the day, you can keep it a little higher.

2.    Keep the lighting appliance away from the thermostat

Closer proximity to heating appliances will make the system work longer and harder. Even if the room gets cold, the system will keep receiving an unnecessary signal of warmth. To prevent it, you must remove all the heating elements by its side.

3.    Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit

Even though it is difficult to keep the outdoor condenser unit free of debris, you must maintain it for a better cooling. Dust it out at an interval of every few weeks and it gets it deep-cleaned at the beginning of each summer.

4.    Unblock the Vents

For the best cooling, the air vents should be free of any blockage or dirt. The easiest way to ensure a clean vent is by using a vacuum cleaner from time to time. This will maintain an easy airflow from the system. Make sure nothing is blocking the vents, for instance, blinds or furniture.

5.    Keep the curtains closed

Even though it is tempting to remove the curtains in search of daylight, it is wise to keep them closed on a blazing summer day. Curtains can prevent 15% of the heat from entering the house. 

6.    Clean the drain line

There is a drain attached to the indoor cooling coil, which may get clogged after some time. To open the clog use Chlorine bleach and rinse it with water. Not only will it keep the system efficient, but will also save your basement from over-flooding.

7.    Avoid using oven and dryers on a hot day

Oven and dryers are the sources of warmest air, so it is better to avoid using them on a hot day. Not only will it keep the house cooler, but will also save the air conditioner from overworking.

8.    Make sure the ductworks are insulated

One of the reasons behind an in-efficient cooling system is the leakage of conditioned air. To make sure there is no leakage, check-in the unconditioned spaces for exposed ductworks. If the leak is small, it can be sealed using UL 181-rated duct-sealing tape. But, make sure you ask the professionals to check for leakage in the next maintenance visit.

Maintaining an efficient cooling and heating system is not that difficult. All you need to do is understand the basics of the HVAC system and maintain it for longevity. Another key factor is to get your system checked annually for ductwork, deep cleaning, and wear and tear.

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