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10 Best Ways to Improve Your Home Air Conditioning System

 

As most people know, one of the biggest contributors to being comfortable at home is keeping it cool.  But over time, your air conditioner may not be as efficient as it originally was. 

 

Replacing your A/C unit can be an expensive chore, but you may not even need to do so.  Advanced Insulation is here to provide you with different ways to improve the efficiency of your home air conditioning system.

 

1. Reduce humidity in your home by only running your clothes and dish washer late in the evening, or very early in the morning.  Prevent extra humidity from going through your A/C unit.

 

2. If you have a central air conditioner, have it cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once every two years.  For smaller units, replace or clean filters monthly.

 

3. Have a professional check your air conditioner's unit refrigerant at least once every two years.  If you're low and need recharging, this may improve your unit's efficiency by as much as 20%.

 

4. Have your air ducts sealed and insulated correctly.  Your A/C system can perform up to 15% better when ducts are properly sealed and insulated.

 

5. Every few years, have your air ducts professional cleaned.

 

6. If you have a central air unit outdoors, make sure that there is no debris (leaves, etc) blocking it from drawing air in.

7. Make sure that the coils on your air conditioning unit are kept clean, as dirty or dusty coils can effect your unit's efficiency.  If possible, turn off power to the unit, and clean the coils with warm, soapy water.  Coils are very delicate, so do this at your own risk.

 

8. Keep outdoor units properly shaded; but don't prevent the unit from drawing in fresh air.  Keeping the sun from directly shining on your unit can improve how well it keeps your home cool.

 

9. Make sure that your clothes dryer vents itself at least 10 feet away from your A/C unit.  Otherwise, lint from the dryer can get on the A/C unit's coils, and it won't function as well.
 

10.  Keep your air conditioning unit set to "auto" as opposed to "on", you rarely need to run the unit nonstop.
 

These free tips are courtesy of Advanced Foam Insulation of Louisiana.  If you have a home or business in Louisiana, give us a call or click here to learn how spray foam insulation can keep you cool while lowering your electric bill as much as 50%.

 

 

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