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How to Optimize Your Air Conditioning System

Coppell Rental Property with an Outdoor Air Conditioning UnitFor a lot of Coppell tenants, heating and cooling bills make up over half of a household’s total utility expenses. Warm weather can drive up the costs for the usage of air conditioning. Always take note of when and when not to use your AC. This is why you should do what you can to keep utilities as low as possible. Being the property owner, you will need to perform basic maintenance on your air conditioning unit to optimize your air conditioning system. This will help keep your utility bills under control.

In wanting to increase your unit’s efficiency, make sure to clean it properly, at least once a year. If your unit sits on the ground, make sure to clear away any leaves or debris that may have fallen on or around it. One way is to clean your unit’s condenser coils and your drain line or have a professional come out and do it. Most air conditioning units have a drain by the indoor cooling coil, which is regularly set near your furnace. You can easily clear it by pouring one cup of bleach down the drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water.

Another important part of optimizing your air conditioning system is to make airflow more efficient. Make it a point to vacuum your indoor vents, and make sure to clear items away from them. In doing so, your AC system will do a better job of distributing cold air. And, you can also try to keep your interior doors open and adjust the vents in rooms that aren’t used daily. To keep the cold air inside, close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. And, it’s best to guarantee good quality weather-stripping around each door and window. This will prevent air leaks and keep the cold air circulating inside the house where it belongs.

Don’t allow your air conditioning system to operate harder than it should. Raising your thermostat setting by two or three degrees can limit the strain on your AC unit. Most experts recommend keeping it at 78 degrees when you are at home, and a bit higher when you’re gone. If you want a cooling breeze circulating, you can use a fan along with your AC. Consistently using a ceiling fan or table fan in certain rooms can help boost your air conditioning unit’s functionality and maintain a comfortable temperature.

Ultimately, let’s discuss how to avoid adding extra sources of heat to your home’s interior. Cooking, using the oven, or running the clothes dryer can all heat your house. If you use these appliances during the hottest parts of the day, it can make your air conditioning unit work even harder. During the warmest months, try to use your appliances either in the morning or at night. This will help your air conditioner work more effectively and keep your house cool all day long. If something needs to be cooked, use your exhaust fan to pull the heat out of the house or a floor fan to help it disperse. To avoid making your kitchen the hottest spot of your house, dispersing the heat through a fan is the way to go!

By following a few simple strategies and performing regular maintenance, you can optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility costs down all summer long.

At Real Property Management Legend, we make sure to keep all of our rentals (including their air conditioning) in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in talking to a Coppell property manager, contact us online or call us at 214-227-2404.

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