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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Tips To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently

by Rita Richardson

Your air conditioner should be maintained properly to ensure it continues to run properly throughout the season and beyond. You want your air conditioner running efficiently as well, so you aren't spending money unnecessarily. Read on for tips to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently.

Don't Adjust The Temperature Too Much

Don't attempt to adjust the temperature setting too much that you have a large sway in your temperature settings. If you adjust the temperature setting more than 3 degrees, you are only making your air conditioner work harder to get to temperature. If you have your thermostat set on a schedule, be sure you don't have more than a 3 degree temperature change. 

Give The Unit A Break

Give your unit a break from time to time when it's cool outside. If the air outside it cooler than the temperature setting on your thermostat, turn off the system and open up the windows and doors. Close the windows and doors when the temperature begins to raise again. You can also turn off your system at night, or adjust the temperature so your system doesn't kick on when you have cooler nights.

Close The Shades

Close the shades and curtains in your home during the day to keep sunlight and heat from the sun out of your home. It can keep your home cool and prevent your air conditioner from running too often.

Remove Humidity

Remove the humidity from your home using a dehumidifier. Although your air conditioner can help to dehumidify your home, using an extra dehumidifier can also help this and prevent your air conditioner from running too much. On high humidity days run the dehumidifier.

Clean The System

Clean up your system using a shop vacuum to vacuum the coils and fins of the system. You can also use a garden hose to remove built up dirt and debris. Anything stronger or more powerful can cause damage to these fragile fins, which can bend easily. Bent fins can cause a disruption in air flow to the system. Also be sure to clean the vents around your home and be sure there is at least 2 feet of clearance around each vent to keep air flowing throughout each room of your home.

Air conditioners need to be well-maintained in order to keep them running efficiently. Hire an air conditioning repair company for help maintaining your air conditioner or cleaning your system and prevent over-spending on your energy bills.