- As summer gets closer, you may need to use your AC from time to time.
- But that doesn’t mean you can’t save on energy and repair bills.
- You just need to be careful about its usage and maintenance.
With the weather getting warmer during the spring, you might need to turn on the AC sooner or later if you haven’t already. Though you might not need to use it as much as you do during the summer. This allows you to control the amount of power your air conditioner while resisting the urge to set the thermostat to the lowest temperature. You can also save on AC repair in Jensen Beach by staying vigilant about your AC’s air filter, outdoor unit and other factors. You should also hire professionals to prep the unit for the season or repair any issues you notice.
Clean Air Filters
The air filters prevent the dust particles in the room from entering the system and protect the components. But the dust clogs the pores over time and may seep through or block the airflow. This may lead to damage if left unchecked. You need to clean or replace the filters once every month or three.
You should schedule maintenance during late winter or early spring to prepare your unit for the season. The repairman can find hidden issues with your unit and fix them before they become an issue.
Purchase New Model
If your air conditioner is older than fifteen years, is oversized for your house or is completely rundown then you might want to install a new air conditioning. The initial cost may be high but is worth it in the long run. New models are more energy-efficient than older models. They also have features that make them more convenient to use. You may also need a new model during a refrigerant leakage if your current model uses Freon refrigerant which has gone out of phase.
Prep AC For Spring
You should start preparing your AC for spring during the last weeks of winter or the first weeks of spring, especially if you don’t use the unit during the winter. Remove the outdoor unit cover, remove vent covers, clean the outdoor unit, check the for pest infestation and check the drainpipe before turning the unit on. Call a repair service if you notice any issue.
Fix All Problems
If you notice a minor issue (e.g. if you need to click the remote a few times before the air conditioning turns on) don’t ignore it, fix it as soon as possible. If left unchecked, minor issues may turn major. You can fix some issues like dead remote batteries yourself but may need professionals to repair your air conditioning in Stuart FL if it involves the internal components.
Set To Room Temperature
Resist the urge to set the thermostat to the lowest temperature. Set it to 24 degrees Celsius (75.2 degrees Fahrenheit) which is a comfortable room temperature.
Turn On Fan
A fan doesn’t cool the room but the wind it produces has a chilling effect that makes the room feel four degrees cooler than it is. Fans don’t require as much energy as air conditioners so you don’t have to worry about them adding much to your power bills. You can also use fans instead of the AC during the season.
Shut Down AC
You may not need your AC as much as you do during summer, especially the first week when the climate is still cool and pleasant. You should also shut down the AC when you aren’t at home. It may take longer to cool when you return but will help you save on electricity. You can turn it off before going to sleep as well if you feel comfortable enough at night.
If your house isn’t properly insulated, warm air from outside may seep in and cold air may seep out due to which your air conditioning takes longer to cool the room. So plug the gaps in your doors and windows.
Sunlight can also heat the air in the room. Install blinds, shutters or reflective films to keep it out.
These are some ways you can save on your air conditioner’s energy and repair bills. Despite your precautions, you might need an AC repair in Jensen Beach due to unexpected issues.