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5 Ways To Make Your Central Air Conditioner Work Better

At Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC, we understand the importance of regularly-scheduled AC maintenance by a licensed and trained professional. However, there are many ways you can do to improve the efficiency of your system at home. Our Palm Beach County AC service experts have provided the following are five helpful tips to make your central air unit run better.

Change Filters

Over time, dust and dirt build-up develops in the air ducts, causing limited flow through the vents. Once you know the size of the filter of your unit, you can purchase it at most hardware and discount stores. If you want to prevent considerable repairs and maintenance, clean and change your filter about once or twice per month.

If you have access to the fan motor and wheel assembly, check if dust build-up is evident there also when you change filters. Any signs of visible or extreme build-up can be cleaned by a licensed HVAC professional.

Keep Curtains And Blinds Closed When It’s Hot Outside

Many people are unaware of how much air is lost when the sun enters their home. When the high temperatures peak in Palm Beach County, keep curtains, blinds, windows and doors closed to maintain the cool air inside and save energy. In regards to cold weather, you can do the same thing to prevent heat from escaping your home.

Use A Ceiling Fan

Even though ceiling fans don’t necessarily add cold air, they help transfer air around the room. Most fans are now equipped with switches to reverse the rotation of the blades. Air should be pushed down in the winter, while pulled up in the summer.

Maintain Thermostat Around 78 Degrees

Your central air unit will operate any time the temperature falls below the temperature you have set on your thermostat. So if you are particular about having a certain temperature throughout specific parts of the day, you may be susceptible to high bills because of how often your AC exerts energy. Set your thermostat at 78 throughout the entire day to have more relative cooling in your home and save money.

If Your AC Unit Is Exposed To The Sun, Move It To The Other Side Of Your Home

Having the unit away from the sun’s rays can ensure a longer lifespan. Typically this move requires assistance from a professional to conduct the refrigeration and electrical installation, which may cost a little over $1000. If the cost is too much, try installing some type of shade or awning to cover the air conditioner. For future servicing needs, make sure you leave about 12” around the sides of the unit and about 3-5 feet around the top.

Call (888) 660-4337 to schedule your Palm Beach County air conditioning maintenance service.