If your air conditioner is not working like it should be, you could be paying more than you should be on your electricity bill. This is because your air conditioner will have to work longer and harder to compensate for the lack of performance and this could cause a big spike in your electricity bill. To ensure your home not only cools down quickly but that you aren't paying too much on your utility bills, you will want to perform some maintenance on your AC unit. A couple great ways to enhance the efficiency of your unit is to do services like the following:
Vacuum and Hose Your Filters:
Maximizing the amount of air that your AC delivers into your home is one of the biggest factors to improve if you want to enhance the efficiency of your unit. This will allow your home to cool off faster, which will prevent you from having to keep your unit on for an extended period of time. A great way to increase the amount of air that is delivered into your home is to clean off any dusty filters in your vents. Dust can accumulate over a short period of time and clog your filters, which can reduce the amount of air that is brought into your home. So, you can either vacuum the dust from the filter or spray the filter down with a hose. Both of these options will open up the filter, allowing more air to pass through.
Seal Air Leaks:
If the duct from your unit has any holes then this could be leaking more air than you think, which can seriously impact the performance of your air conditioner. With a leaking duct, you can see a decrease in your air conditioner's performance of 40%, which can be the reason why you are having to run your air conditioner for a long time before noticing a temperature drop in your home.
Clean off Condenser Vent:
The unit that sits outside of your home is a machine that converts outside air into cold air. Along with converting it into cold air, it also delivers this cold air into your home. This means if your condenser is clogged then the intake can be compromised, which can reduce the amount of cold air that enters your home. There are small fins on your condenser that can sometimes be clogged by landscape debris and dirt and this can really impact the performance of your condenser. So, if you can, use either a soft brush to clean the fins on your unit or use a pressure garden hose to clean it off.
Before you spend money on air conditioning repair, consider taking the time to perform these services, as they may be just what your air conditioner needs to operate efficiently. Not only will you likely see an improvement in your air conditioner's performance, but you may also see a nice price reduction in your electricity bill.