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Get Cost-Efficient Air Conditioning

Get Cost-Efficient Air Conditioning

The cost-efficiency of an air-conditioning system is largely dependent on one factor: maintenance. Prior to the summer heat, Buckhead homeowners should get ready for A/C savings by making sure the cooling system is ready to go and will consume only enough energy to operate. These tips will help you secure cost-efficient air conditioning.

Get a Tuneup

Manufacturers establish a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for all air conditioners. This rating is a standardized method for measuring efficiency. No matter what the SEER of your air conditioner is, it will function at its highest efficiency only if the parts are kept clean and in good condition. The way to achieve these goals is to hire a reputable HVAC contractor to clean the system.

Many contractors perform preseason tuneups. The check includes a thorough cleaning of the internal components, including fan blades, coils and motors. When the fan blades become dirty, the debris resting on the blades weighs the motor down, which causes it to use more power to run - and drives air-conditioning costs up. The contractor will also replace parts that are wearing out, check refrigerant levels and charge levels as needed.

Change the Air Filter

A simple task that homeowners can do to ensure cost-efficient air conditioning is stockpiling air filters designed to work with the A/C so you’re prepared when the filter needs replacing. ENERGY STAR states that regularly changing the air filter prevents dirt buildup inside the A/C, keeps the coils free of debris that hinders efficient heat transfer and encourages optimal comfort. Homeowners should change their air filters once a month when the HVAC system is running. If people in the home have allergies or if you have pets that shed, you may need to change it more often.

Inspect the Outdoor Unit

Check the unit that rests outside of your home; it’s a critical part of the air-conditioning system and houses a coil and condenser. Ideally, the unit should rest on a concrete slab because anything less than a perfectly leveled unit won’t run optimally. In addition, make sure to trim landscaping near the unit to achieve good airflow and allow the condenser to expel hot air. A distance of about 2 to 3 feet of clear space around the unit is best and will help the system achieve optimal airflow. Sweep away any leaves or dirt that have gathered around the unit. If dirt blows into the system, it can affect the coil’s operations.

Get ready for summer by prepping your air-conditioning system for duty. Contact the experts at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing for help. We serve Buckhead residents with cooling tuneups, full-service plumbing expertise and indoor air-quality services.