If you use your air conditioning a lot during the summer, you are going to want to make sure that you take good care of your air conditioning. Here are a few ways that you can do so this summer.
#1 Install A Programmable Thermostat
First, you are going to want to install a programmable thermostat in your home. This will give you greater control over the temperature of your home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature for different times of the day. For example, if you want the house to be cooler during the afternoon and evening, but warmer during the day, you can set your thermostat to change temperatures throughout the day. This is the best way to preserve energy and ensure that energy is not wasted. You can even set up the thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature from your smartphone using a Wi-Fi signal.
#2 Compressor & Coils
Next, you need to check your compressor and coils on your unit. First, you are going to want to get rid of any debris and plant material that is around your outside air conditioning unit. Then, you are going to want to clean both the condensers as well as the coils. To clean them, you can spray them down with a hose to get them clean. You may also want to use some compressed air to get rid of any dirt that is really stuck in the compressor and coils. Keeping the outside compressor and coils clean can help your unit run more effectively.
#3 Air Flow Leaks
Finally, make sure that you check for air flow leaks. Check all the duct-work and make sure that there are not any cuts or damage to the duct-work. Also, make sure that the duct-work is properly insulated and there are no gaps around the duct work that can compromise the flow of air.
Try to cut down on air leaks inside of your home as well that can cause your air conditioning to work harder than they need to. Make sure that your doors and windows are well insulated and that there are not any drafts around them. Make sure there are no leaks around any electrical outlets or wiring. Cutting down on air leaks throughout your home will help your air conditioning work more effectively.
Taking the three steps above will help ensure that your air conditioning continues to work as effectively as possible during the summer months. Using a programmable thermostat, cleaning the compressor and coils on the outside unit, and cutting down air flow leaks are three ways to take good care of your air conditioning unit. However for large problems it is always best to contact a professional to find out more about this topic.