How to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

When you live in Texas, having an efficient air conditioner is critical. A high-efficiency machine won’t just keep your home more comfortable on the hottest days of the year, it’ll also help prevent your energy bills from skyrocketing when it’s sweltering outside. 

Since your AC system can account for up to 70% of your household energy usage throughout summer, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to maximize its efficiency. Luckily, there are several simple things you can do to boost your air conditioner’s performance. We’ve outlined seven of our top tips below. 

1. Keep Your Indoor Vents Clean

One of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency is to keep your vents free of dust and debris. When there’s dust and other gunk clogging up the vents, air can’t flow freely through the system, which can force your AC unit to work overtime. 

When that happens, you’ll notice your energy bills get more expensive in the short run, and in the long run, your AC will likely wear out faster than it should. It’s also helpful to ensure that you don’t have any furniture, decor, blinds, appliances, or other household objects in front of the vents. These items can also restrict airflow and make your AC system less efficient.   

2. Get Your Ductwork Professionally Cleaned

Just like dirty or blocked vents, dirty ductwork can decrease AC efficiency as well. When your ducts are clogged with dust and debris, cool air cannot flow through the duct system as efficiently as it should. Getting your ductwork professionally cleaned will help maximize the efficiency of your AC system by improving airflow throughout your home. 

Bonus: Duct cleaning also helps improve your indoor air quality. If you spend considerable time indoors to escape the Texas heat, it’s in your best interest to ensure your indoor air is as clean as possible. 

3. Change Your Air Filters Regularly

If you don’t keep up with changing your HVAC filters on a regular schedule, now is the time to start. Like dirty vents and ductwork, dirty filters can restrict airflow through your HVAC system, which will make your air conditioner less efficient than it could be. If you’re unsure when to change your filters, check out the filter packaging for directions. 

4. Seal All Air Leaks in Your House

If you have leaks anywhere in your house — whether they’re small cracks, glaring gaps, holes, or bad seals — they can allow plenty of cool air to escape outdoors. When that happens, your air conditioner must work harder to maintain a constant temperature inside your home. 

When you seal up those leaks, you also improve the efficiency and lifespan of your AC unit since it will no longer need to work so hard to keep your home cool. Not sure where you might have leaks? A few of the most common sites to check out include:

  • Ductwork
  • Seals around windows
  • Seals around doors
  • Holes around electrical wiring
  • Areas around recessed lighting
  • Plumbing vents
  • Attic hatches and throughout the attic itself
  • Basement rim joists (where the framing of your house meets the foundation)

5. Keep Windows and Doors Shut

If you leave your windows or doors open during the day for any length of time, you’re letting a huge amount of conditioned air escape your home while allowing hot, humid air indoors. When you do that, your AC unit has to work overtime to both cool down the incoming hot air and remove humidity from it. Unless it’s cool outside, keep your windows and doors closed to help improve your AC unit’s efficiency and lifespan. 

6. Clean the Drain Line and Cooling Coils in Your AC Unit

Dirty drain lines or cooling coils can seriously decrease your air conditioner’s performance. Fortunately, keeping these critical AC components clean isn’t tough at all. You can use a mild household detergent and water to get the job done, but if you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, call a pro. Hiring an expert for AC maintenance and cleaning is affordable and helps ensure you get maximum performance and lifespan out of your unit. 

7. Clean Around the Condenser Unit

The outdoor component of your air-conditioning system runs most efficiently when it’s completely clean. It’s also important to ensure that there’s no debris or household items around the condenser that could interfere with its performance. Since cleaning a condenser unit is a delicate endeavor and requires some expertise, it’s best not to make this a DIY job. Leave it to the AC maintenance pros.  

Ready to get the best performance and longest lifespan possible out of your air-conditioning unit? Let our team at Metro Express Service in Carrollton help you out! We’ve proudly served the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area since 1987 and specialize in a wide variety of HVAC services to keep your system running efficiently and smoothly. Whether you’re looking for AC maintenance, duct cleaning, HVAC repairs, or a new air-conditioning unit, we’ve got you covered. To get started, give us a call today at (972) 263-2500 or send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch.