Central air conditioning has become the norm in most houses throughout North America. The forced air systems manufactured currently are as efficient as they’ve ever been, and people are enjoying more comfortable living at a fraction of the price. That being said, summers tax split AC units over the course of the summer and the cooling units can start to require serious maintenance and upkeep as they age. It’s not a bad idea for homeowners to look for alternate or secondary ways to cool the house both to save on utility bills and to preserve the life of the forced air A/C units. Otherwise, you will be calling your local Heating and Cooling Specialist sooner than you like.
Leaving the windows open in the summer not only provides a much needed breeze of fresh air through the home, it also helps ease stress on an air conditioner. Cooler days can be looked at as free days for anything from a window air-conditioner to split AC units to central air systems. The more ‘free days’, your air conditioner will last longer, and your utility bills will be lower.
Fans Running (Counter-Clockwise)
Some people aren’t even aware of the fact that their fans can be set to run either clockwise or counter-clockwise. In the winter, a clockwise setting and low speeds are recommended to help distribute the warmth throughout a house. Changing the setting located somewhere on the fan to counter-clockwise and running at a quicker speed helps cool the air and can lower the stress on split AC units while allowing you to turn the thermostat on them down.
Split AC units have one main enemy in the summer – the sun. The sun wreaks its havoc by beaming down on exposed windows and boiling the room and surroundings inside. Subsequently, the a/c kicks in and cycles almost needlessly. Simple solution – install blinds on exposed windows or install a film that helps keep the cooled air inside (an added benefit is the prevention of fading carpets and furniture).
Trees are a healthy addition to any home. First off they supply oxygen, but also shade that can be extremely beneficial in increasing the lifespan of split AC units. The shade prevents the sun from creeping into the home allowing the split unit to maintain a cooler temperature and prevent constant cycling.
The final step in easing stress on split AC units is to make sure that you adequately insulate the house, which includes not only the outside walls but also the attic as well. Insulation creates a barrier between the outside, warm temperatures and allows the cooled air to stay comfortably in the house. Spending more for insulation has financial benefits in lower utility bills and a longer lasting split AC unit.
There is no disadvantage to easing the stress on split AC units while lowering your financial burden at the same time.