Before the spring thaw hits in most of the country, it's time to start thinking about getting your air conditioner ready for the season. One of the things that you should consider while you have time is the shortcomings you found in your cooling system over last summer. That way, you can take some steps to address them. Here are a few areas that you should focus on when you're getting your air conditioner ready for the season.
Address Humidity Issues
One of the biggest issues for many air conditioning systems is high humidity. Most air conditioners work by drawing humidity out of the air that they cool, which is part of why most units drip water from a drain tube. Unfortunately, air conditioners can only remove just so much humidity from the air. If you're living in an area where the humidity is intense, you may find that your air conditioner cannot eliminate all of the humidity. This often leaves your house feeling as though it is still hotter than you'd like.
If you struggled with this last year, the good news is that it doesn't mean replacing the entire air conditioning system. Instead, you can add a couple of dehumidifiers to your home to help deal with the excess humidity in the air. Place one in each of the large rooms and each bedroom to help keep the air drier and cooler.
You can also reduce the need for dehumidifiers by keeping the thermostat in the "Cool" position, not the "Fan On" setting. When the air conditioner is running in the "Fan On" position, it keeps the system fan running all the time, even when the air conditioner isn't actively cooling air. This blows moisture back into the room when the air conditioning system stops cooling.
Any time you do anything that generates moisture, like showering, cooking or anything of the sort, turn on the exhaust fans. That way, you draw moisture outdoors. When possible, hang your clothes outside to dry or vent your dryer directly outside to keep the moist air out of the house.
Deal With Duct Problems
Your air conditioning system's air ducts are another common culprit for cool air loss. Consider calling an HVAC technician to evaluate your air ducts for signs of seeping. Air leakage in your ducts can sap a ton of cool air from your system, leaving your air conditioning system overworked and under-producing. An HVAC technician can seal the cracks and leaks in the ducts to help keep the cool air in so that it reaches your air vents.
Fix Other Efficiency Issues
Your air conditioning system may be at a disadvantage right from the start. When you call your HVAC technician to evaluate the air ducts, take advantage of the consultation to have the air filters cleaned and ensure that your condenser is clear and getting sufficient air flow. Grass, shrubs and other things growing around it can hinder air flow, so keep things clear.
Have the condenser unit cleaned and serviced once a year to make sure that there are no damaged components or other issues. In addition, the technician will check the refrigerant level in the air conditioner. Any indication of lost refrigerant will mean that there's a leak in the system. Not only will your HVAC technician recharge the system, but he or she will also locate and repair the leak.
As you can see, there are many things you can do to make the most of your air conditioning system this summer. Work with a reliable HVAC technician, such as those at Universal Refrigeration, to help you get your system ready for the spring and summer season.