Summer in Plano, Texas, is the time you typically need the air conditioner to work to its fullest potential. Failing to invest in maintenance and not changing the air filter are two of the easiest ways to destroy the efficiency of your AC. Reducing your air conditioner’s efficiency will result in poor indoor comfort and higher cooling expenses. It can also lead to premature AC replacement.

Not Changing the Air Filter

The air filter influences your air conditioner’s airflow. A clogged filter restricts airflow, meaning the AC can’t operate at optimal efficiency. It also compromises your home’s indoor air quality. The dirtier the filter, the harder it is for it to capture airborne allergens such as pet dander and pollen. This can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. To enhance AC efficiency, make sure to check the air filter once every six weeks. If it’s dirty, change it.

Neglecting Regular AC Maintenance

An HVAC professional will inspect your entire cooling system during a regular maintenance session. From evaporator coils to the compressor, these parts need repairs from time to time. Most issues that impact an AC’s efficiency occur subtly. Neglecting summer AC checkups increases the chances of serious problems and can kill your air conditioner’s efficiency.

Constantly Changing the Thermostat

Constantly adjusting the thermostat creates high and lows and puts the AC into a frenzy. During the lows, the system works harder than normal to accommodate your temperature request. This adds significant wear and tear to the system and reduces AC efficiency. Keeping the thermostat at a consistent temperature improves cooling efficiency, especially when paired with other efficiency-boosting practices, such as closing the blinds during daylight. The less sunlight that makes its way into your home, the easier it is for the AC to cool the house.

No one sets out to kill the efficiency of their AC. However, if you’re not careful, you can reduce its efficiency and add unnecessary wear and tear to the system. Contact Samm’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (214) 251-4438 to learn more about improving air conditioner efficiency.

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