Summer days are here! As the long summer days heat up, Utah air conditioning units turn on. Here are some things you can do to help keep your energy costs down during the summer months ahead.
Most of us know we should change the air filters regularly. Keeping the condenser coils clean is also an important part of maintenance. This task is relatively easy to do.
To clean the coils, just spray them off with your garden hose. First remove any leaves, spiderwebs or other debris that has collected on them, and then spray off all the dust. This helps the coils work more efficiently.
Another possible do-it-yourself job is checking your ducts for leaks. If you have ducts in your attic or in a crawl space, make sure they are sealed with foil backed tape or duct sealant. They should not be sealed with duct tape as it doesn’t hold up well over a long time period.
Make sure all the connections are tight and well sealed. Check for a tight fitting around the vents and registers to make sure there aren’t any holes where they meet the walls, floor or ceiling. After fixing any leaks, make sure all the vents are insulated.
Check to make sure the ducts are well connected to the boot, and that the connections around the vents and registers are well sealed where they meet any walls, floors or ceilings. This is a common area to find leaks. Once they are all sealed, they should also be insulated.
If your air conditioning unit is over ten years old, and not working well, it may be time for a replacement. Have your equipment checked out by Utah air conditioning experts to see if a tune up will help, or if it’s time for a new one. When you decide to get a new unit, replace it with an Energy Star qualified unit for the best energy savings.
When purchasing a new unit, remember that bigger is not always better. Frequent on/off cycling will occur if your unit is too large. This will reduce your comfort level and increase stress on the components. The size should be based on your home’s heat gain/loss calculations which your Utah air conditioning contractor can provide you with.
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