5 Tips to Keep Your AC Unit Running Efficiently

Now that summer is here, Evans Mechanical recommends you get an AC tune up. While our trained technicians will check everything to make sure your HVAC unit is summer-ready, there are a few steps you can take to keep your unit running at its best:

1. Change your air filter every 30 to 60 days, depending on how often the system is in use. This is the equivalent of checking your car’s oil on a regular basis. Put in a new filter at the start of the summer, and at least once every one to two months after that. If you live in a windy area or you suffer from allergies, consider changing it more often.

2. Keep the area around your AC unit clean. Remove debris like leaves from the area, and sweep up and remove other foreign objects that could impact its performance.

3. Pay attention to your vents. Take a vacuum to indoor vents to keep them unblocked, and vacuum dust and other debris from indoor supply vents to help keep a steady flow of air from your system. Keep furniture, blinds, toys and litter boxes away from vents, to keep from blocking them.

4. Adjusting your thermostat up by just 5 to 8 degrees can help you save energy and money. If you have a programmable thermostat,
adjust the temperature for different times of the day, when you won’t be at home for several hours (like when you’re at work.) You won’t notice the difference in your comfort level, but you will notice the lower utility bills!

5. Keep appliances that produce heat (like lamps) away from your thermostat. If they’re near your thermostat, they’ll tell it your home need to be cooled more, which will cause the system to run longer, and harder, than it really should. Speaking of appliances, try not to run your washer and oven during the hottest part of the day. Using them will cause warm air to be drawn inside your house, making your AC work that much harder.

For more tips on ways to make you AC work more efficiently and to schedule your annual AC tune up, contact Evans Mechanical today. We look forward to talking with you!