How an air conditioner works
Air conditioners use refrigeration to cool indoor air. When a liquid converts to a gas, it absorbs heat. This process is called phase conversion. Air conditioners use phase conversion by forcing refrigerants to evaporate and condense over and over in a closed system of coils.
What air conditioner filters do
Filters remove particles from the air, keeping dust out of the home and providing clean air. Be sure to change your dirty air filter every one to three months, depending on usage. Neglecting to change your air filter can cause dirty air, reduced airflow, increased energy bills, and frozen coils.
Maintain the air conditioner
Your air conditioner becomes less efficient and reliable as it accumulates dust and dirt throughout the year – which costs you money in increased cooling and repair bills.
Just like your car, your air conditioner also needs regular service. If the air conditioner is not running properly, it may be working too hard – resulting in inconsistent air temperatures and reduced comfort.
Most manufacturers require routine maintenance for their air conditioners in order to validate the warranty.
Importance of air ducts
It is important to have your air ducts cleaned and checked for leaks. A clean air duct system helps your air conditioner last longer by removing contaminants that would otherwise force your system to work harder and decrease its efficiency.
How to increase air conditioner energy efficiency
Keeping your air conditioner maintained is one of the most important things you can do to improve efficiency. Sealing leaky ducts, replacing filters, cleaning coils, keeping the right charge, increasing your thermostat by a few degrees, keeping blinds closed, insulating ductwork, and using ceiling fans are all ways to help increase air conditioner energy efficiency.
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