These days, it seems like just about every homeowner is looking for ways to save on utility bills. And with the sweltering hot months of summer quickly approaching, many homeowners find themselves looking for low-cost methods to increase the efficiency of their home's central air conditioning units. Believe it or not, there are a few simple maintenance tasks you can complete yourself that'll increase your AC's efficiency without you having to spend a dime in the process.
Vacuum Out Your Indoor Vents
Even the most energy-efficiency air conditioning units can be lacking if your home's duct work and vents aren't clean. Generally, it's recommended that you have your home's duct work professionally cleaned about once a year. However, in between cleanings, you can increase energy-efficiency in both your AC unit and furnace by simply vacuuming out your vents yourself. You can do this by removing the vent over each air register in your home, inserting a hose attached to your standard vacuum, and using the vacuum to suck out loose debris and dirt. You might be surprised at just how much debris your vacuum picks up this way. Your indoor air quality will also improve, making this a win-win.
Clean Around the Condenser
Another step you can take to increase your AC's energy efficiency is to clean around your AC unit's air condenser. This is something that many homeowners overlook or never know they're supposed to do. If you have an annual inspection done on your AC unit (as is recommended), they should take care of this for you. However, it doesn't hurt to clean around the condenser yourself a few times a year.
Clean the Coil Drain Line
Finally, if you have a central AC unit, there's a good chance that there's a drain line running next to your indoor cooling coil. You can keep this clear and avoid clogs (which could flood your home) by simply pouring about a cup of chlorine bleach down this drain line once every few months. Just be sure to rinse the bleach down with a jug of water after the fact so as not to cause any damage to the interior of the drain.
As you can see, increasing the energy efficiency of your home's air conditioning system doesn't have to mean spending hundreds of dollars. Be sure to give some or all of these a try and see what impact they have on your monthly cooling bills this summer. For assistance, talk to a professional like Plisko Electric.Share