Air conditioning units can sometimes be tricky to grasp. When entering the housing market, there are so many things to consider when purchasing and moving into a home, that inspecting and maintaining smaller components such air conditioners can sometimes be overlooked.
Our AC fact sheet for first time homeowners provides information about the optimal settings for energy efficiency, warranties, and all of the other crucial need to knows when it comes to your AC unit.
What to Watch Out For
Here are some key things to keep in mind when it comes to checking the condition of your AC, keeping it running optimally and saving energy:
- Keep your compressor clean. Because this unit is outside it may be easy to forget about. Make sure you check it regularly and ensure that no debris have become lodged in the fans. Also make sure that there is enough clear space around it on all sides, free of weeds and tall grass. This will prevent damage and keep your unit running smoothly.
- Change the filter in your unit when it becomes clogged or dirty. Not doing so can make your unit less efficient and drive up energy costs. Change the filter at least once per month during the summer, or every two to three months if your unit isn’t in use all the time.
- Keep doors open in your home when the weather permits. This will allow air to travel freely throughout each room and improve your air conditioner’s energy efficiency.
- Use ceiling fans and floor fans to help air travel, which also helps to reduce the strain on your AC system.
- Promptly fix any leaks in duct work that occurs.
AC Temperature and Settings
In addition to the above considerations, keeping your air conditioner at an ideal energy saving temperature will also help. Here are some tips for controlling the temperature:
- A programmable thermostat makes it easier to match your cooling needs to your schedule. If you don’t have one, you can still make adjustments manually.
- 25° C is the recommended optimal temperature for energy efficiency. Stay cool in summer at this temperature, without paying a fortune for your energy bills.
- Try adjusting the temperature to 29° C when you are at work or away, and 27° C when sleeping, for energy efficiency and to save on cooling costs. If these temperatures aren’t comfortable, alter by a degree at a time and see if that helps.
AC Maintenance and Warranty Info
Keeping up with your AC maintenance and knowing your warranty information ahead of time is also useful especially when something goes wrong so that you are able to act on it right away. Remember:
- Whether your AC unit is brand new or a few years old, it’s vital that you keep up with regular maintenance to keep it performing at its best. Make sure to schedule routine maintenance technicians who are trained to recognize even the smallest of issues, preventing bigger problems from developing.
- If your unit is older or in constant need of repair, it may be time consider an upgrade to a new unit. Take the time to research the right model for your needs and don’t be afraid to ask an expert for help.
- All newer AC units should come with a manufacturer warranty. They range from five to fifteen years, with ten years being the most common. Know your necessary warranty info and what you are entitled to should a repair happen that can be covered. If you aren’t sure where to find this information, contact a technician or ask them at a scheduled maintenance appointment.
Have more questions about maintaining or servicing your air conditioner? Contact Guelph ClimateCare for all of your heating and cooling needs.