The end of summer may be in sight, but that’s no reason to settle for decreased air conditioner performance and reduced comfort in your Corpus Christi home. Here are some useful tips on how to air condition your living areas adequately and economically.
- Check and change air filters – The filters in your air conditioner may seem like trivial pieces of material, but they’re essential to proper cooling system performance. Their main function is to capture and hold particles and contaminants that are found in the air moving through your air conditioner. When filters get dirty and clogged, they interfere with this airflow and can cause system malfunctions and breakdowns. Air filters should be checked at least once a month and changed when they get dirty. Check them more often if you live in an area with more dust or other particulates in the air.
- Seal openings and cracks where cool air can escape – The loss of cool air is a major source of inconsistent cooling and high energy bills. Find and seal leaks, cracks, openings and gaps where conditioned air can escape your home unused. A professional energy audit can help you pinpoint these locations. Otherwise, look to windows and doors and seal leaks around glass panes and frames. Check the air conditioner’s ductwork for broken seals, damaged or missing sections or loose duct segments. Reseat or replace duct segments and seal the connections with mastic, a specialized sealant.
- Install and use a ceiling fan – The breezes from a ceiling fan will improve the performance of your air conditioning system. The air drafts will cool you when they make contact with your body, which means you can get plenty of cooling and run your air conditioner at a lower level. The downdrafts from the fan will help disperse and recirculate any cool air that’s settled near the floor of the room.
Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Company has served Corpus Christi and the surrounding communities since 1961. Contact us today for more information on how to effectively air condition your home and tips for keeping your indoor environment comfortable while saving money.