Even in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, getting the most out of your air conditioning is essential. The cost to cool your home can account for over 10% of your total energy bill each year and nearly three-quarters of your summer energy bills. To help customers keep their ACs operating as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, the Blue Ox team of experts has created a list of tips proven to be helpful in this area. We hope that this information offers your household some great ideas for saving this summer.
Keep Up With Cleaning
It is easy for AC vents to get blocked by furniture, curtains, or other objects. When this happens, you will notice that a specific room begins to feel warmer and less comfortable than the rest of the house. So be sure to take a look at all your vents when you notice a change in the comfort level or a room or your entire home.
In addition to large items blocking the AC vents, be mindful of dust, pet hair, and other blockages that can be vacuumed away. Remove the vent coverings regularly to vacuum out any dust or debris that might be obstructing the flow of your home's cool air.
A Few Outdoor Tasks
The condenser unit sits outside your house in a protective box-like cover. This is the part of the AC system that dissipates the heat from inside your home. The more airflow that can reach this equipment, the faster it can do its job to cool your house. Be sure to trim grass and other plant material away from the cover to promote maximum airflow. You should also clean the coils as needed to remove dust and dirt that can lessen their ability to remove the heat from your home. If you are not familiar with the cleaning process, the team at Blue Ox Heating And Air is always available to assist you with maintenance and service for your AC system.
As tough as the summer heat can be on humans, it presents just as much of a challenge to your condenser coils. Providing a bit of shade for the condensers is the best way to increase their function and keep your home as cool and comfortable as possible. A shade tree or large shrub is ideal for providing a respite from direct sunlight. But be sure that there is plenty of clearance between any plants and the exterior of the protective case housing the coils.
Just like an annual doctor's visit is the best way to ensure your health, a yearly visit from the maintenance experts at Blue Ox Heating And Air is the best way to protect the health of your AC system. Equipment inspections, cleaning, and a tune-up each year will keep your home's AC running as efficiently as possible, and it will add years to the life of this essential system.