Written by Brad Crawford
Air filters are essential to the efficiency of your air conditioner. Your system has worked all summer long to keep you cool in the North Texas heat, and as summer winds down, it’s important to continue checking your air filter every month and replacing it when it’s dirty. Clean air filters are your first defense against inefficiency, ensuring optimum airflow and protecting your system against dust. These additional tips will help you maximize your system’s cooling power to keep you comfortable until cooler weather arrives.
Maintain Your A/C
- If you didn’t schedule a tune-up at the beginning of the summer, it’s not too late to benefit from preventive maintenance, which will lower your cooling bills, increase system efficiency, extend the life of your equipment, and prevent common air conditioning problems.
- Spray down your outdoor unit each month to remove debris from the metal fins, which can inhibit heat exchange and make your system work harder to keep you cool.
- Stock up on air filters so you have them when you need them.
Keep the Heat Out
- Close your window shades during the day to prevent heat gain from warming up your rooms.
- Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the hottest part of the day.
- Seal air leaks around windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping to keep cool air in and warm air out.
Maximize A/C Cooling Power
- Keep obstructions away from your return and supply ducts to maintain optimum airflow and replace dirty air filters each month.
- Seal your ducts with mastic sealant or metal tape to prevent cold air from escaping through loose joints. The typical home loses 20 to 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky ducts.
- Use your ceiling and room fans to help you feel cooler. Turn them off when you leave the room to save on electricity costs.
- Keep your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature to ease the load on your system.
For more expert advice on air filters and maintaining system efficiency, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc., keeping Dallas area residents comfortable year-round.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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