The hotter the weather gets, the more you run your air conditioner. Not only does this constant use expend a lot of energy, it also puts a significant strain on your system. This can cause it to wear out more quickly, break down more frequently, and need replacement sooner. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce AC strain and save energy. Here are a few things you can do to limit the strain.
- Change your air filter. One of the biggest causes of AC strain is a lack of airflow. When your filter is clogged with dust and debris, it blocks air from getting through to your home. It then takes longer to cool that air, causing your system to run longer, thus increasing the strain. Check your filter regularly and change it every three to six months, as needed, to keep your air flowing freely and improve your IAQ.
- Seal your ductwork. Another cause of low airflow is leaks in your ductwork. The cool air leaks out of the duct before it can reach your home. Even small, pinhole leaks can cause energy losses of up to 30%. Inspect your ductwork carefully for holes, tears, or other damage, then repair them with metal tape or mastic sealant or call your HVAC technician to help you.
- Get a programmable or smart thermostat. By programming your thermostat to coincide with your family’s schedule, you ensure your system doesn’t waste energy cooling the house when you aren’t there — a direct cause of AC strain. Tell it to switch automatically to a higher temperature when you’re at work and the kids are at school. These few hours when the system doesn’t have to work as hard go a long way toward reducing strain on your system.
- Get your annual tuneup. Every spring, call your HVAC technician to inspect your system. This ensures your AC is running at optimum efficiency and is ready for the coming season. It reduces repairs and breakdowns and helps to minimize strain on the unit.
For more ways to reduce AC strain and save energy, contact us at Detmer and Sons. We help Dayton HVAC systems run smoothly and efficiently.