5 Ways to Maximize Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

It’s a mistake to think that the only way to get more efficiency from your current air conditioner is to replace it. Before you think about replacing the system, there are many ways to improve its efficiency. 

One of the most important ways to improve efficiency is to make sure that you maintain it regularly. Here are some ways to ensure maximum efficiency without having to spend too much. 

1. Take good care of your air conditioner

The most important way to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner has to be keeping up with maintenance. Experienced technicians from 5 Star Repair Services can conduct any AC repair Houston and make sure your system is operating at expected efficiency levels. 

All 5 Star techs use professional digital HVAC testing tools. They can detect any issues and repair them before they turn into major problems. A regular service helps extend the life of your air conditioner and ensures it stays in good condition for as long as possible. 

2. Regularly replace the filer

Your HVAC filter needs replacing regularly. All the air that passes through the system has to pass through the filter and dirty, clogged filters can make your system inefficient. When filters are clogged, the motor has to work harder, which can cause it to overheat. 

A general rule of thumb is that you should replace the filter every 30 to 90 days. Check every month and make replacements when necessary. If you forget to replace the filter, the system not only has to work much harder but air quality is compromised and energy efficiency is reduced. 

3. Maximize airflow around your air condenser

Any plants, bushes and tall branches need to be kept trimmed and away from the air condenser or they will obstruct airflow. Make sure there is a good distance of clear space around it for optimum airflow. 

You need to make sure that the condenser is free of debris like twigs, leaves etc. and you will find that efficiency improves. If you have a dog, consider blocking off the unit with some kind of barrier as dog urine is very acidic and can eat away at it. 

Shading your air condenser can also help to save energy and improve performance. When planning how to shade it, remember to leave about 24 inches all the way around to give it enough room to breathe. 

4. Keep vents and registers open and clear

You may want to hide vents in your home because they are unattractive but if the vents are blocked, your air conditioner will have to work much harder. It is also easy for vents to become blocked inadvertently by toys, curtains or other objects. 

When vents are blocked, either on purpose or inadvertently, system breakdowns can occur or duct leaks can develop due to the increased pressure on the system. Go around your home and make sure that all the vents and registers are clear for more efficiency. 

5. Install an attic fan

Certain modifications to your home can also boost the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Warm air from the attic tends to seep through to the interior of the home. When this happens, the air conditioner unit has to work harder and longer to cool that warm air. An attic fan will help to solve the problem. 

Consider installing a solar-powered attic fan for even more energy savings. Energy-efficient windows, reflective roof materials and dark window treatments are other ways to maximize the effects of your air-conditioner. 

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