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6 Easy Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Unit Efficiency

January 23, 2019

Improving the efficiency of your air conditioning unit will not only help the environment, but it will also help you save a little money.

It is still cold outside right now, but springtime and warm weather will be here before you know it. As such, keep these tips in mind when you turn on the A/C for the first time to make it as efficient as possible:


Increase the Thermostat

The easiest way to make the air conditioning unit more efficient is to increase the temperature setting on your thermostat by five to seven degrees. If you find this temperature increase to be a little too uncomfortable, start by increasing it one or two degrees at a time. Otherwise, you can increase the temperature before you leave the house and adjust it back to its regular temperature once you arrive home.


Vacuum Indoor Vents

A steady airflow is crucial to achieving the best air conditioning unit efficiency. If you have not cleaned out your indoor vents in a while, it is likely that some debris has accumulated in the vents. Use a vacuum to eliminate dust and debris and also make sure no curtains or other objects are directly in front of the vents and blocking airflow.


Clean Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

Your outdoor unit will only function efficiently if it is in prime condition, so you should be vigilant about cleaning in and around your air conditioning unit. Clear any leaves, bird feathers, and trash that are around the unit and also trim bushes and plants around the unit to give it a few feet of space to function properly.


Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed

It can be pleasant to look out the open window during the day, but leaving your blinds and curtains open during the hottest hours of the day can warm your house very quickly. This means your air conditioning unit will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature, so you should at least keep the windows covered between 11 am and 2 pm.


Make Sure Your Unit is Shaded

If your outdoor air conditioning unit is naturally shaded by your house or some trees, great! Studies have shown that units that are shaded operate about 10% more efficiently than those that are in direct sunlight. So, if your unit is not naturally shaded, you should consider installing a cover to keep the sun from beating down on it all day.


Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans provide a moderate amount of cooling on their own, but when used in conjunction with an air conditioning unit, ceiling fans are able to circulate the cool air more quickly. Ceiling fans use far less energy than air conditioning units, so you can put all of your ceiling fans on a low setting all day long.