AIr conditioning and heating systems are the single biggest energy user in your home. Take steps to make sure your unit is running as efficiently as possible to help offset cooling costs this summer.
Check Air Filters
Inspect your air filter and change it if it's dirty. Plan to change your filter at least once per month, more often if you have pets. This keeps dust off the evaporator coil fins. Keeping your filter clean can cut energy consumption by 5-15%. Turn the unit off and let the fan stop before replacing the filter and insert the filter according to the manufacturer's directions.
Check Outdoor Condensing Unit
Clear away leaves, grass, weeds, plants,and other debris from around the outdoor condensing unit. Blocked airflow due to debris on the unit's fins will reduce its efficiency. You can also occasionally clean the outdoor unit by spraying it with a water hose.
Get an A/C Checkup
Be sure to insist that your checkup includes:
- Checking refrigerant levels and possible leaks
- Capturing refrigerant that needs to be evacuated from the system
- Check for and seal duct leakage
- Measure air flow through the evaporator coil
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat
- Inspect electrical terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if needed
- Check belts and motors for tightness and wear
Call REI at 407.430.3879 to give your system a checkup.