Central air conditioning systems are best for houses with existing ductwork, especially when outfitted with up-to-date zone control systems. Since a central air conditioner cools the entire house—as opposed to single units that cool single rooms—it consumes more energy than an average room air conditioner. Therefore, keeping the efficiency at its peak is extremely important. If you have such system in your house, here are some tips on how you can run your central air conditioner efficiently.
TIP: Use the Fans
Some homeowners think that they should only use their fans if the air conditioner is turned off or not working. The truth is, standalone or ceiling fans can make your AC more efficient by improving air circulation. This distributes the cool air in the room faster and more evenly. Fans consume less energy, and with constantly circulating cool air, you can actually set your central air conditioner by two or three degrees higher without affecting your indoor comfort.
TIP: Stick With a Comfortable Temperature
If you already have an ideal room temperature, set it right from the start. Some homeowners try to ease their air conditioners in by turning it on at several degrees higher than the ideal temperature, then gradually setting it lower. With the constant changes in its settings, fiddling with the controls actually increases the air conditioner’s energy consumption. The additional workload can also negatively affect its long-term performance.
TIP: Clean the Air Filters Regularly
Check the intake filters regularly and clean them (or replace them, if disposable) as often as needed. Dirty filters block the register, which slows down the air intake rate, and makes the air conditioner consume more energy than it has to. Note that air filters tend to accumulate dirt faster during the summer season, which means you may need to clean or replace your filters as often as once a month.
TIP: Don’t Put Off Scheduled Maintenance
Sticking to your maintenance schedule as prescribed by your HVAC technician can help keep your air conditioner fully efficient. A certified HVAC technician should be able to spot both apparent and potential problems. then fixing them before they escalate into bigger problems.
Make Your AC Efficient With J & M Air Conditioning and Heating
J & M Air Conditioning and Heating can help you get your central air conditioner to full efficiency. Call us today at (951) 663-4895. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with free estimates on new installations. We serve Hemet, CA and the surrounding areas.