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How Can You Increase Air Conditioner Efficiency?

How Can You Increase Air Conditioner Efficiency?Cooling bills in Southwest Arizona can reach staggering levels, and while you can’t do anything about the weather, you can increase air conditioner efficiency to lower cooling costs. A system that’s maintained will naturally use less electricity and provide more comfort when you most need it.

  • Check the filter. The condition of the air filter makes a big difference in how efficiently and dependably your system runs. Since A/C systems run frequently during the summer in this region, it’s a good idea to check it monthly, especially if you have pets. The dust load in the summer and long running times can clog a filter fast, and when it’s overly dirty, it increases the amount of time the system has to run. A clean filter lets the air flow freely through the filter and traps particles that harm the components inside the air handler.
  • Have it professionally maintained. The cost of professional maintenance will be offset by the energy savings you’ll achieve when an HVAC pro goes through your entire system. The thorough cleaning, refrigerant checks, lubrication and adjustments make a big difference in your system’s performance, and help avoid a premature breakdown. Running your system with an improper refrigerant level decreases air conditioner efficiency, and checking it is a job only a pro can do. A clean evaporator coil hastens the cooling process, and clean and lubricated electrical parts use less electricity.
  • Inspect the outdoor condenser. Periodically check the outdoor condenser for any obstructions that vegetation or yard tools or toys may create. These items will slow the air flowing through the coils inside the condenser, making it harder for this component to lose the heat the refrigerant collects from your home. The condenser needs a two-foot space around its perimeter to run efficiently. The coils should be cleaned, as well, using a light spray with the hose to remove dust accumulations.

Between the routine care you provide and that from your trusted HVAC pro, it’s easy to improve air conditioner efficiency all summer. To learn more, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company, providing HVAC services for Yuma-area homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 928-723-3183.

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