Your air conditioner is one of your home's essential appliances and ensures that you are able to stay comfortable during the hot summer months. However, due to age and general wear, your air conditioner can slowly become less efficient, using more energy to produce less cool air. Thankfully, there are a variety of things that you can do to improve how well your air conditioning unit functions.
Clean the Condenser
The first thing that you should do if you want to enhance your air conditioner's performance is to check the outdoor condenser unit. This unit is what pulls air into the system to be cooled, so any sort of debris or blockage in the outdoor unit will increase the overall amount of strain that your system experiences and will have a direct effect on the ability of your air conditioner to produce cold air. You can use a hose and a lint-free rag to clean off dirt, or purchase special condenser cleaning foam that can be sprayed on and wiped off at most hardware stores.
Check the Vents
A simple, yet often overlooked, way to make sure that your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency is to check all of your vents in your home for any sort of obstruction. This can include dust, carpets, and anything else that may be blocking air flow. In the same vein, you may want to have a contractor check and clean your vents if they are unblocked but no air flows through them: this can usually be attributed to dust and debris buildup within the ducts themselves.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Another good way to make your air conditioner function more efficiently is to have a programmable thermostat installed. These thermostats allow you to set different times that your air conditioner will turn on, allowing you to shut off or set your unit to a lower setting when no one is home and to turn itself on shortly before you arrive home from work. This can help reduce the overall load that your air conditioner experiences, cutting down energy costs and reducing general wear and tear.
Check the Ducts
The last thing that you should do to improve the cooling power of your air conditioner (and your central heating unit as well) is to have your ductwork checked out. If your ducts do not have insulation installed around them, or if their insulation is old and falling apart, you may want to contact a contractor to have new insulation installed. This will help prevent cool air from leaking into the areas of your home where you can't feel it, helping to raise your comfort levels while also reducing your energy bills.
Contact a company like A-1 American Services to schedule any needed AC maintenance.