In the final part of our series we’ll look at the next five items you can do to get the most from your air conditioning system this summer and save money on your energy bill.
- Clean your indoor coil. If dirt builds up on the indoor coil, it cannot cool your air the way it’s supposed to. If you know that the filter you have been using is not a good quality one, you might need to have your coil cleaned. A service technician can let you know if your coil is dirty during your preventive maintenance visit.
- Make sure your filter is clean. THIS IS A KEY ONE! The technician will check this during your precision tune up, but checking the filter once per summer may not be enough. Dry, dusty conditions, pets or summer pollen can really clog up a filter.
- Run a constant fan. If you have a high-efficiency furnace, you have the ability to run your HVAC system’s fan on low speed at a minimal electrical cost. This can pull cooler basement air up into your living space and also helps keep the air temperatures in your home balanced.
- Seal leaks in your home. You don’t want your nice, cool air to slip right outside or up into your attic (recessed lights are famous for allowing this to occur). What a waste! If you’re not sure where your home is leaking, contact a professional to do a Home Performance Assessment.
- Clear your A/C drain line (also called the P-trap). Your A/C unit removes moisture from your home in the summer. There is a drain by the indoor cooling coil, typically mounted above the furnace in the basement. If you flush 1 cup of chlorine bleach down your air conditioning drain and rinse it through with a gallon of water you can help keep your drain clear through the summer. Or consider adding an “E-Z Trap” to your system. This clear tubing allows you to see any potential blockages before water backs up into your system and provides easy access to clean the trap. Another option is a safety switch that will shut your air conditioning down in the event of water backup into the system. This can save a nasty surprise if the drain becomes blocked and overflows!
Contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling if you have any questions. If you have an idea we didn’t mention, please let us know. We’ll make sure to pass your good ideas on so we can all get the most out of our air conditioners this summer.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.