5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your New Air Conditioner

Investing in a new air conditioner is a significant step towards ensuring a comfortable home environment, especially during the sweltering summer months. However, merely purchasing an air conditioner is insufficient to guarantee optimal performance and longevity.

To truly get the most out of your new air conditioner, several key practices exist. Here, Choice Comfort Services outlines five essential strategies. Let's see what are those.

1. Proper Installation

Proper installation is the cornerstone of effective air conditioning. An improperly installed unit can lead to numerous problems, including reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and even potential damage to the unit itself.

Professional Installation

Always opt for a professional installation service. Qualified technicians ensure that the unit is installed correctly, maintaining all manufacturer guidelines and local building codes. A professional installation minimizes the risk of operational issues and extends the unit's lifespan.

Correct Sizing

One of the most critical aspects of installation is ensuring the air conditioner is correctly sized for your space. An undersized unit will struggle to cool your home effectively, while an oversized unit will cycle on and off too frequently, wasting energy and causing wear and tear. A professional installer will conduct a thorough assessment of your home to determine the appropriate size for your air conditioning unit.

2. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is vital for keeping your air conditioner running efficiently and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Simple maintenance tasks can make a significant difference in performance and longevity.

Clean or Replace Filters

Air filters trap dust, dirt, and other particles, preventing them from entering your home’s air supply. Over time, filters can become clogged, reducing airflow and forcing the unit to work harder. Clean or replace filters every 1-3 months to maintain optimal performance.

Clean Coils

The evaporator and condenser coils can accumulate dirt over time, reducing their ability to absorb and release heat. Cleaning these coils annually can improve efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioner.

Check the Fins

The aluminum fins on the evaporator and condenser coils can bend easily, blocking airflow. Use a fin comb to straighten these fins and ensure proper airflow.

3. Optimal Usage

Maximizing the efficiency of your air conditioner involves using it wisely. Smart usage practices can significantly reduce energy consumption and enhance comfort.

Set the Thermostat Correctly

Setting your thermostat to a consistent, comfortable temperature is essential. The Department of Energy recommends keeping the thermostat at 78°F (25°C) when you are at home and increasing it when you are away. This balance helps maintain comfort while reducing energy usage.

Use Programmable Thermostats

Programmable or smart thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, automatically adjusting the settings based on your schedule. This ensures that your air conditioner is not running unnecessarily, saving energy and money.

Close Curtains and Blinds

During the hottest parts of the day, close curtains and blinds to block out sunlight. This simple step can reduce the amount of heat entering your home, allowing your air conditioner to work more efficiently.

4. Enhance Airflow

Proper airflow is crucial for the effective operation of your air conditioner. Enhanced airflow ensures that cool air is distributed evenly throughout your home, improving comfort and efficiency.

Seal Leaks

Check for and seal any leaks around windows, doors, and ductwork. Leaks allow cool air to escape and warm air to enter, making your air conditioner work harder to maintain the desired temperature.

Use Fans

Ceiling fans or portable fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home. By using fans in conjunction with your air conditioner, you can set the thermostat a few degrees higher without sacrificing comfort.

Keep Vents Clear

Ensure that vents and registers are not blocked by furniture, curtains, or other obstructions. Blocked vents can restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

5. Energy Efficiency

Maximizing energy efficiency is not only beneficial for the environment but also helps to reduce your energy bills. Several strategies can help you achieve this goal.

Upgrade Insulation

Proper insulation in your walls, attic, and floors can significantly reduce the amount of cool air that escapes from your home. Upgrading insulation helps maintain a stable indoor temperature, allowing your air conditioner to operate more efficiently.

Shade the Unit

If possible, install your air conditioner in a shaded area or use landscaping to provide shade. A shaded unit operates more efficiently because it does not have to work as hard to cool the air.

Use Energy-Saving Settings

Many modern air conditioners come equipped with energy-saving modes. These settings optimize performance and reduce energy consumption, making them an excellent option for maximizing efficiency.

Maintain Your AC with Our Expert Services

By following these five key strategies, you can ensure that your new air conditioner operates at its best. Proper installation sets the foundation for effective operation, while regular maintenance keeps the unit in top condition. Smart usage practices and enhanced airflow contribute to overall efficiency and comfort.

Finally, focusing on energy efficiency not only saves money but also benefits the environment. With these tips from Choice Comfort Services, you can enjoy a cool, comfortable home all summer long while keeping energy costs under control. Call us today at 937-982-5055 or click here to book an appointment in Troy,  Tipp CityKetteringPiqua, and throughout the Miami Valley. We also serve with:

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