If you do not have an energy-efficient home, you will end up running your AC unit all the time just to keep your home comfortable. The immediate consequence is that you will end up paying more for cooling costs, but a delayed, and therefore hidden, cost is that the more your AC runs, the more wear it incurs, and the more likely you are to have breakdowns. To keep your utility and repair costs lower, you need to find ways to optimize the function of your cooling system.
Repair Leaky Ducts
The air moving through your AC ducts will exert outward pressure on the ducts, which will eventually create leaks in the joints and seams. As air escapes through these holes, the volume of air available to heat your home decreases. The less cool air there is available to cool your home, the longer the cooling process takes. In fact, leaky ducts can decrease AC efficiency by up to 30%. Thus, to prevent undue wear to your AC unit, you need to have enclosed ducts repaired.
Consider a House Fan
A house fan can decrease the load on your AC unit. Workers cut a hole through your ceiling to your attic, and then install the house fan in the space thus created. From this position, a house fan can vent hot air out of your home through your attic. When outside temperatures begin to fall, you can open up your windows and pump cool air into your home as you vent hot air out. In this way, a house fan can cool your home in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, a house fan uses less electricity than an AC unit, so by running your house fan through the night, you can save money on your cooling costs. Also, using your AC unit less will decrease the wear to your AC system and forestall the need for repairs.
If you take your AC unit for granted, you will end up using it more than you should. On the other hand, any steps you take to improve the function of your cooling system will save you money over the long run. Having your ducts inspected from time to time and repaired when necessary will help you to realize the full efficiency of your AC unit, while adding a house fan to your home will help you to use electricity more efficiently and prevent premature repairs. For more information, contact an AC repair company.