With the summer heat already upon us, many of us are looking for ways to improve our home and office cooling systems. With the energy and power prices shooting through the roof, we’re caught up in a dilemma as to what to do – go for lesser air conditioning and sacrifice comfort, or go for comfort and burn a huge hole in your pockets. Good news is, you do not have to do either. There are ways to increase the efficiency of your air conditioning unit by following a few painless steps to improve its performance drastically. Lets dive right into it then.
One of the most important, and most also under-rated ways of improving the efficiency of your air conditioner, is proper maintenance. Make sure all the coils of your unit are clean. Dusty coils block airflow and reduce the efficiency to start with, and might cause short-circuit fires when unchecked for a long time.
2) Proper Sealing
Make sure all your walls and windows are properly sealed, with no air leaks. Keep all the doors and windows closed at all times. Keep the sunlight from the windows out of your home as much as possible. This can be done with the help of window curtains and drapes. Avoid using dark colors for the same. A properly sealed residence can save up to 8% of their electricity bills through a year.
The thermostat settings largely affect the kind of comfort your air conditioner provides. Maintaining proper temperature when everybody’s away is an absolute essential. In case of an automatic thermostat, make sure it properly senses every part of the house for a centralized air conditioning system.
The air filters of your air conditioner should be changed regularly to maintain the efficiency of your unit. The filter can be changed manually by the user, no technical knowledge is required. An unclean filter blocks the flow of air, and causes contamination to the clean air.
Perhaps the most important point would be to not buy a system that has a cooling capacity more than that is required. Higher cooling causes the room to become cold and clammy and does not allow the unit to dehumidify the room, which causes problems in the unit over time.