Tuesday, May 12, 2015
This summer, the air conditioner is your best friend. With soaring temperatures, it's the best way to keep cool in the home.
But constant use takes its toll on the air conditioning unit, and sometimes even the air conditioner can't quite make the room cool enough, especially on the hottest days.
So make sure that you use it effectively to maximize its cooling properties. Bear the following in mind:
Firstly, make sure that the air conditioner is in tiptop shape. Attend to any known problems with the unit. Call your trusted repairman to take a look at it and fix or tune it up as needed. Get any old or outdated parts replaced or upgraded. If your unit is several years old and besieged with glitches and malfunctions, best get it replaced altogether. A new model runs much more effectively and should keep your electricity costs down, in the long run, and keep you much cooler with less effort.
It's simple enough: keep your unit clean. Dust, dirt, and particles can accumulate and act as obstructions within the air conditioner's parts. A clean air conditioner is an air conditioner that runs smoothly an efficiently. And it's healthier for you, too. Dust the outside regularly and clean the inside once a month.
Seal the room
One has to see to the room as well, and not just the air conditioner itself. Close all windows and doors, including the door to the bathroom. Close all cabinets, closets, and drawers, as well. You want to minimize the space and surface area that your unit will have to cool down. Use heavy, dark curtains over the windows to keep heat and light out. Place a thick rug at the base of the door to keep the cool air from slipping out underneath.
Don't overwork your unit
Keep the strain off of your unit by using an electric fan at the same time. This is most useful during the hottest time of the day, which is usually around noon to 2 or 3 p.m. At night, when the temperatures are cooler, use the timer to give some "off time" to your air conditioner.