As the summer is approaching, homeowners will be desperately looking for efficient air conditioning systems. Air conditioning is a godsend during the hot summer months but as summer months fade away, people tend to forget the value of it.
Air conditioning repair is a major household expense. To avoid the likelihood of your air conditioner breaking down, it is important to keep it properly maintained. Furthermore, it is important that the repair of air conditioners is performed properly. The fact remains that the repair depends on the problem associated with the air conditioner. Taking into consideration ever increasing air conditioning sales, here are some important points which will save you both energy and money.
Tips to Increase the Efficiency of Your Cooling System
#1: Buy Supplementary Products: If you are buying a new air conditioning unit, you should not only select an energy efficient unit, but also purchase suitable insulation and weatherization products, which can help to save energy. Insulate the walls, floors, attic, duct system perfectly. Seal doors and windows properly.
#2: Avoid Direct Sunlight: You should control direct sunlight with the help of shades and curtains; thus reducing the effect of radiant heat from the sun. Trees planted near windows can work as obstacles for hot sun rays. Additionally, all doors and windows should be closed properly.
#3: Regular Repairs and Servicing: Only a properly tuned air conditioning system can run effectively and can save your money. Furnace or air handler filters need to be replaced regularly. You can always sign an annual maintenance agreement with a licensed dealer to ensure your air conditioning system is always operating at peak efficiency. A delay in ac repair can lead to increased electricity bills and a waste of energy. It is also recommended to clean the condenser/evaporator coils at the beginning of each season.
#4: Check the Exhaust Fans: Switch off the exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms as soon as the job is done; otherwise, they will blow the expensive cool air out.
#5: Use of Proper Cooling Systems: A central cooling system is more expensive than window air conditioners. With window units you can choose the area that needs to be cooled and can save money & energy.
#6: Avoid Keeping Lower Thermostat Settings: Thermostat setting should be set no lower than between 21°C – 23°C. This will keep you comfortable and save on energy costs.
Tips before Purchasing an Air Conditioner
For people who are worried about the summer heat of May-June and itchy humid weather of July-August, it is recommended to follow these two simple steps:
#1: Tonnage: The bigger the better: Tonnage is referred as the cooling capacity of an air conditioner. The size of the ac doesn’t matters; rather it’s the capacity that needs to be checked beforehand. An oversized air-conditioner is less effective and less energy efficient. Therefore, pick the right size of air conditioner for your room. For example; if the room size is up-to 120 Sq feet, then the capacity required will be 0.75 ton. Similarly, if the room size is 121-150 Sq feet, then the capacity required will be up-to 1 ton and so on. A reputable HVAC contractor will conduct a proper heat/loss calculation in order to determine the proper sized unit for your home. It is not a “one size fits all” type of scenario!
#2: Energy Efficiency: If you are planning to buy an air conditioner, make sure that it is more energy efficient and consumes lesser power. Check for the SEER rating, which will help to cut down on power consumption and saves energy. While units with a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) rating are more expensive, the higher the SEER value, the more energy efficient the system is!
Consider all these measures in assisting you with selecting the best air conditioner for your home and reducing the amount of air conditioner repairs that you might encounter in your air conditioning system.