How to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

Here in Putnam County and surrounding areas, we yearn for warmer weather all winter long. When it comes, we depend on home air conditioning since our summers can be just as equally extreme in severity.

Right this very minute, can you count on your AC system to deliver all the comfort you want? We doubt it – unless, that is, you give it the right amount of TLC. Here are a few choice examples.

  1. Attic ventilation. With the right amount of ventilation, your AC system can operate up to 10% more efficiently. Keep in mind that proper placement and sizing of your roof ventilation is key to effective heat reduction.

  1. Do you have the right filter? Your filter is vital to effective airflow. If it’s clogged or dirty, some of that dirt and other airborne pollutants will find their way into your living spaces. And yet, not every size or type of filter is right for your system. If, for example, yours is too thick, it will restrict airflow thus making your system work harder to deliver all the cool air you want.
  2. Frozen coil. If your AC fan is running non-stop but not delivering cool air, the problem could be a frozen coil inside your air handler – usually installed in the attic. If severe enough, the air handler may need to be replaced. To prevent the coil from freezing, check your AC filter monthly since restricted airflow is what causes frozen coils in the first place.
  3. Leaky ductwork. Cracks or leaks in your ductwork force cool air into spaces where it’s not needed, like your attic. That’s why ductwork should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s properly sized plus crack and leak free.
  4. Outside condensing unit. An AC system provides cool air by transferring warm air from indoors to outdoors. To do that job effectively, you need to keep grass, shrubs, and other obstacles away from the outside unit.

Another great way to maintain a high level of AC efficiency is with annual preventive maintenance. Here at Air Professionals, we perform comprehensive cleanings and inspections designed to improve efficiency, minimize repair problems, and decrease your electric bills. If it’s been a year or longer since your AC system was last maintained, contact us today.