air conditioning

How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning System?

The high temperatures in summer make it very difficult for you to be comfortable. The use of air conditioning is essential to beat the heat, which in turn, results in substantial utility bills. That’s why it’s important for you to make sure your air conditioner runs at peak efficiency during this season. Whether you want to install a new air conditioner or repair an old one, Canuck Mechanical can help. We have been serving clients in Prince George for over 30 years.

If you are buying a new air conditioner, invest in a high-efficiency model. It not only reduces the amount you spend on cooling but also makes your home more comfortable. It has reduced noise levels, more even temperatures (prevents the creation of hot and cold zones in your home) and multiple stages of operation. It is also usually compatible with programmable thermostats and zoning systems.

Here are a few maintenance tips to improve the heating and cooling efficiency of your air conditioning system:

Ventilate Your Home

This is the most economical and energy-efficient method to cool your home. Natural ventilation is sufficient for cooling spaces when the temperature outside is not very high. Besides, it can be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans and window fans.

Repair Any Damage in Your Home’s Insulation

If there is an air leakage in your house, the conditioned air escapes through cracks and openings. This makes it much harder for you to cool your home. By repairing your insulation, you can maximize the functionality of your air conditioning system. Caulking and weather-stripping are very effective in sealing cracks and offer quick returns after investing.

Replace the Filters in Your AC

Clean or replace your air filter every month or at least once in every two months. This will help in reducing the total energy consumed by your air conditioner.

Keep the Curtains Closed

Using curtains and drapes to cover the windows and block out the sun is a very good idea. Lighter shades of colors help deflect the sun’s rays more effectively while highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%. Block outdoor heat from radiating inside by hanging shades very close to the window panes. Using tinted glass for your windows also helps to maintain a cool environment at home.

Avoid Heat Buildup

Electronic devices, like television and computer, generate a lot of heat; their excessive use contributes to heat buildup in your house. Abstain from activities such as cooking on the stovetop; microwave the food or grill it outside instead. Avoid using the dishwasher and clothes dryer but wash your dishes by hand and let
your clothes air-dry.

Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit

Leaves, feathers and other trash can get lodged in and around your outdoor unit. Clean all the debris from the unit’s housing and ensure that there is sufficient clearance around it. Trim bushes and plants as needed. Get a professional to perform a more thorough, in-depth cleaning of your air conditioning unit before summer sets in.

Increase Your Thermostat by a Few Degrees

You can save a lot of money and energy by keeping the temperature around 5 – 8 degrees higher than what you normally would. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature for different times of the day or when you are out.

These tips, along with regular maintenance, will keep your system running efficiently. Our experienced technicians at Canuck Mechanical have the knowledge and skills

necessary to install and repair air conditioners. We serve both residential and commercial clients. We also provide plumbing services. For more information, contact us today!

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