The key to keeping your cooling costs in the Peachtree City area reasonable is to make sure your air conditioner is running properly. Here are a few things you should know about air conditioning to avoid spending too much.
Regular Maintenance Helps Cut Costs
Without routine maintenance, your air conditioning system will run inefficiently. This wastes energy and leads to more frequent repairs. As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do yourself, like changing the air filter, and keeping the area around the outdoor compressor and condenser unit free of debris. The rest should be left to a certified HVAC technician, who should perform more in-depth maintenance at least once a year.
Dirty Air Filters Reduce Efficiency
If the air filter in your air conditioner is extremely dirty or clogged, it can impede airflow through the system, reducing its efficiency. Changing the air filter improves indoor air quality and prevents the damage that can be caused by debris accumulations on the evaporator coil. Check the air filter monthly and replace it as needed.
Sealing Air Duct Leaks Saves Money
Leaking air ducts can account for 20 to 40 percent of the energy used by an air conditioning system. Have your HVAC contractor inspect the air ducts and seal any leaks with either mastic or metal tape. Make sure the ducts are properly insulated as well, especially if they’re in unconditioned spaces.
Sealing and Insulation Improves Efficiency
Sealing leaks and adding insulation allows your system to work less to cool the same area. Seal air leaks around windows, doors and holes through the exterior walls for vents, pipes or electrical lines. Add extra insulation, especially in the attic and walls.
Heat Gain Increases Costs
Avoiding excess heat can decrease your cooling load. Use curtains and drapes on southern windows to block the heat of the sun, and avoid using appliances that create heat during the day. Turn on exhaust fans while bathing or cooking.
For more ways to improve air conditioning efficiency, talk to our experts at Powers Heating & Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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