Summer weather in Northwest Florida is hot and humid, and air conditioner operating costs can skyrocket. That’s why it’s so important to look for ways to maximize the efficiency of your AC without sacrificing comfort.
Some Tips to Improve AC Efficiency
Hot outdoor air always seeks out colder indoor air, so your AC unit is in a constant battle to keep the living environment cool and comfortable. Here are a few tips that can help keep your air conditioning system running at its best this summer.
- Change the Filter: Clogged and dirty AC filters create an additional drag on the air that flows through your HVAC system. This negatively impacts the heat exchange process and forces your air conditioner to work longer and harder to meet the thermostat call. Economy filters should be changed monthly while pleated filters should be changed at least once every three months.
- Clear the Condensate Lines: Condensate is a natural byproduct of the refrigeration cycle. If a condensate drain line is clogged, water can build up in the drain pan until it overflows into the equipment itself, which can damage delicate electronics. If left unaddressed, biological contaminants can begin to plug the evaporator coil and degrade efficiency.
- Seal Envelope Leaks: Penetrations in the exterior of the building provide a direct pathway for hot outdoor air to enter your home. This causes your air conditioner to cycle more frequently, resulting in higher utility and repair costs. Give your AC system a break by sealing penetrations created by electrical boxes, plumbing pipes and recessed lights.
- Purchase an AC Maintenance Plan: Preventative maintenance is the best investment you can make to improve your air conditioner’s performance and efficiency. Our service technicians will tune-up your unit every year to maximize comfort and minimize operating costs.
Optimize Your AC System for Better Performance
If you would like to learn more about how to keep your air conditioner running at peak performance, call the AC specialists at High Quality Heating and Air today at (850) 307-5356.