#1 Change Your Air FilterYour air conditioning unit’s efficiency relies on one thing: your air filter. Every month, you should be changing your air filter. Whether you have a window unit or a central AC unit, changing your air filter is the number one way you can ensure your air conditioner maintains efficiency. According to This Old House:
“Look for the filter’s minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, which ranges from 1 to 12 for home AC units; the higher the number, the better filtration it provides (and the more energy needed to pull air through it, so balance air-quality concerns with energy costs).”What happens if you don’t change your air filter? It’s difficult to imagine how such a flimsy piece of paper can really make much of a difference to the efficiency of your air conditioner. But it does. If you think about all the dust and dirt that is in the air, on your counters, on the floor and gathered underneath the couch, it amounts to quite a lot. This is what’s caught in your air conditioner each month. Your filter is like a periodic cleaning of your home. Neglecting to clean your home, say, weekly, means the following week it’s going to take longer to clean and require more effort, correct? This is why changing your air filter monthly is imperative. Air filters catch the pollen, dander, allergens, dust, and dead skin floating through the air. The point of air filters is to protect the unit itself from harmful particles that could gather and potentially block your air conditioner from delivering easy, cool airflow. Here I am above describing different kinds of air filters and what you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running as smoothly as possible, I even talk a little bit about what’s covered and what’s not when your AC unit causes damage to your home. Do you know what your insurance will cover if your AC unit breaks?
#2 Don’t Overwork ItOverworking your air conditioner can cause it to work inefficiently. Keeping your air conditioner on the lowest temperature range shortens the unit’s lifespan. You’ll also be increasing your energy bill by always running your air conditioning unit. You can save energy and preserve the life of Florida’s favorite appliance by:
- Put up umbrellas and awnings where the sun faces so that you can stay cooler in those areas without having to decrease the temperature on your air conditioning.
- Use ceiling fans and box fans in order to boost air circulation in the home or office.
- Draw blinds and curtains closed in order to keep the space cooler for longer.