Air conditioners are an invention that many people view as a necessity, especially in the home. It cools the air, reducing lethargy and allowing you to do laundry and other chores without feeling as though you're moving through molasses. It makes using the oven bearable, reducing the chances that you'll talk yourself into getting takeout food again, only to feel guilty about your waistline or your wallet.
Unfortunately, running an air conditioner regularly can also be expensive. In order to make sure that you are getting the most out of the money that you pay to run the equipment and lower your energy bill, follow these tips:
1. Make Sure Your Ducts Don't Have Leaks
The first step is to make sure that all of the air that is being cooled is actually being used to cool your house. To do this, you will want to make sure that your ducts don't have any leaks. You can either hire a professional to look at your ducts or you can check them yourself with a wax candle. Walk through your home, especially your basement, and check each of the duct joints that are visible by holding the candle up to them. If the candle flickers, then air is escaping through this part of the vent and will need to be repaired. If the candle holds steady, then the duct is secure. Have a professional repair any ducts that are leaking air.
2. Use a Latch Door Closer
Another way to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner is to use a latch door closer, which is designed to create a secure seal around the outside of your door and hold it tightly shut when it is closed correctly. This is extremely helpful because it will prevent the air from leaving your home through any cracks around the door. You can also use latch window closers for certain windows that swing open on hinges which will also produce the same effect.
3. Change the Refrigerant
Make sure that you change the refrigerant on a regular basis. Your manufacturer will be able to tell you what sort of schedule you should be on in order to make sure that the air conditioner runs effectively. If you don't change the refrigerant on an appropriate schedule, then your air conditioner will have to run for a longer period of time just to cool the same amount of house. Your air conditioner will also have to run defrost cycles on a more regular basis, which greatly increases the chances that your air conditioner will fail entirely.
For more information, talk to an air conditioning contractor like Snipps Heat & Air Inc.
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