Living without air conditioning during the summer months may not be something you want to contemplate, but paying the bill for this cooling comfort can really get you down! You do have some control over this. By doing some simple things, you can keep your power bill to a manageable level.
The filter is a very important element of an air conditioning system. To keep it working to maximum efficiency, change it every three months, or thereabouts. A new filter should be put into the unit before the hot months get underway, and changed every three months after that, which works out to be four times a year. If you tend to be forgetful, write down the filter replacement dates in a notebook so you will know what the proper schedule is.
If you are new to this task, you will find an arrow on the filter’s side that will show you how to position it correctly into the unit. The air will not flow through it properly if it is not fitted in the correct manner.
The three-month rule is a general ambientec rule for the filter. However, depending upon where you live and the state of your health, it may be in your best interests to replace it more often than that. If you have allergies to dust or dirt, replace it more often than that to safeguard your health. If your area is prone to wind, replace it more often. If you have allergies to dust AND live where the wind blows often, you definitely want to change it frequently.
The quality of filter you purchase for your air conditioning equipment is important. You may assume that they are all exactly the same, but there are different materials that you can choose from. There are ones that are made of fiberglass and others that are pleated synthetic. The latter are more expensive but will provide you with better quality and better value for your cash. Before purchasing this item, check the package to see what the FPR is. FPR stands for “Filter Performance Rating.” You want one that boosts a five.
If you believe that the filter may be clogged, it is time to call in an HVAC specialist to take a closer look at it and to do an evaluation for you. The same can be said if the system does not have enough Freon to work properly, or if the temperature of the air conditioning equipment is too high or too low. There are some issues that are easy to spot, whereas others may require the skilled eye of a service technician.
Keep the thermostat in your residence at a temperature that is normal, which is to say, do not turn it down low assuming this will make it work faster. Doing this is counterproductive to your efforts. This will force the system to work even harder, causing your power bill to soar.