One day, your air conditioner may be working so well that you actually feel chilly in your own home, but the very next day things can go in the opposite direction. There's no telling when or why an air conditioning unit may start working less efficiently, but the effects are felt instantly. If you no longer get relief when you switch your air conditioner on, these next four tips will leave you chilled out in the hottest of weather.
Many people enjoy sitting in front of a fireplace, but the truth is, fireplaces aren't exactly known for their home heating capabilities. The warmth from a fireplace typically stays immediately around the fireplace itself. However, it is possible to use a fireplace to heat your home or to augment your heating system.
It's All About Moving Air
Getting your fireplace to heat more than just the hearth requires you to figure out ways to move the heated air around.
The efficiency of your air conditioner depends on several factors. One of the most vital factors is the condenser unit. The condenser unit is the large appliance on the outside of your house. In fact, you might even just call this "the air conditioner". While it is technically a condenser unit, it is a vital part of the air conditioning, airflow and heat transfer processes. And, since the condenser is located on the outside of your home, it can be affected by the elements.
When the weather begins to cool down in the fall, you may turn off your cooling system for the rest of the year. After you shut down your cooling system, don't forget to check and clean the system and then make any necessary repairs to the system, including to the unit outside your home. The outdoor unit, or condenser, can stop working next summer if its cooling coil contains grass and dirt. Cleaning the unit now may help you avoid trouble later.
An HVAC system has to have a constant supply of air in order to function properly. While you could get all the airflow you need by removing your AC filter, which restricts airflow as it removes dust, your AC unit would be inundated with dust, which would clog up system components. Thus, it is critical to have an air filter, but it is also important to properly maintain it.
Change Your Filter Regularly