Tips For Helping Your Central Air Conditioner Run More Efficiently

When the heat of summer forces you to run your air conditioner constantly, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to make the unit run more efficiently so it costs less to cool your home. If so, use one or both of the following tips to keep your central air conditioning unit from having to work so hard.

Clean The Outside Of The Unit

One thing you can do to help your air conditioner run better is to begin by inspecting the outside of it. If there are leaves gathering around it or if the casing has dried mud on it. this dirt and debris may be blocking the air vents.

If the air is not allowed to flow freely through the unit, your air conditioner will have to work harder to suck air in from the outside. To keep this from happening, keep the unit's exterior clean and the area around it free from leaves, twigs, and other debris.

Start by picking up any loose debris around the unit. Then, use a garden hose set on a light setting to wash off the air conditioner. When doing this, aim the water stream at an angle so the pressure does not damage any of the internal components. 

Plant A Shady Bush Or Tree Nearby

If you air conditioning unit is directly in the sun, the heat from the rays makes it work harder to do its job of cooling your home. To combat this, plant a shady bush or tree nearby in a location that will shade the air conditioner during the hottest parts of the day. 

When selecting a bush or tree to plant, try to pick one that grows fairly quickly. For example, if you decide to plant a tree, choose a maple over an oak tree. While oak trees take years to grow, maple trees can grow several feet a year.

When planting the bush or tree, however, do not place it right next to the unit, as it could block the air flow. Plant it a few feet away from the air conditioner to give it room to grow without hitting the unit. 

Using the above tips can help your air conditioner run efficiently and not constantly, saving wear on the unit and keeping money in your pocket. However, if you notice a steady increase in your cooling bill and a noticeable decrease in its ability to keep your home comfortable, contact one of your local air conditioning services to have them inspect the unit to see if there is a problem.