Useful Things to Know About Your AC Unit

Beautiful girl holding a remote control air conditioner

Now that the heat is on in the majority of the country, we are starting to turn to our AC units to keep us cool and pleasant. However, the vast majority of us don’t know much about the AC units other than they require an annual AC maintenance and that they make summers bearable.

However, if you want to take full advantage of your AC unit, you need to know a bit about it. Not only will you increase its lifespan, you can also save some money on electricity and unplanned repairs. Here are some of the most important things to remember.

System Freezing

A lot of people want to cool their house down really quickly, so they reduce the temperature well below 70 degrees in order to speed up the process. However, that is not particularly effective and it can have some serious consequences, like freezing the system.

You can spot a freezing problem relatively easily. If you notice any kind of frosting on pipes indoors or outdoors when the temperature of the air is fairly high, chances are that your AC unit is damaged. You will need to unfreeze the AC by turning it off and letting it thaw. It helps to keep the fan on because it can send warm air to help the thawing process.

However, if you turn it back on, your AC might freeze over once again, and again until you resolve the underlying problem. Consult experts like for professional and timely repairs.

The Outside Unit Needs Space

Most of the AC units in the US have a big outdoor unit which is typically located in the back yard. However, what most people don’t know is that this outdoor unit requires empty space in all directions in order to function properly.

That means that you can’t lean anything on it on any side, including on top of it. What’s more, if you plan to plant any trees or bushes, you will need to keep them at least 2 feet away from the unit to ensure that the AC has enough space to cool your house effectively.

Help Your AC

It’s easy to just push a button and expect everything to function properly and to cool down our home effectively. However, there are some other things that you can do in order to help the AC run better and longer. For instance, using curtains on the sunny side of your house can help cool it down dramatically and it will put less strain on your AC.

What’s more, having shade from trees and other vegetation can help even more, but that typically requires years. Another thing that can help your AC is the ceiling fan. Have it work in unison with the cooler and it will improve the even distribution of cool air throughout your home.

Filters Are Important and Require Cleaning or Replacement

The air filter inside your air conditioning unit has a twofold function. First of all, it protects the sensitive inner workings of the device from the dirt and similar debris. In the same vein, it also cleans your air and removes those same particles from the circulation, including some bacteria, pollen, and similar allergens.

Still, filters are only effective if relatively clean. That means that if you intend to run your AC for several hours each day, you need to replace or clean the filters once a month. It may sound tedious, but it is very important. If your air filter is clogged, it will reduce the air flow and diminish the effectiveness of the AC. If it attempts to compensate for the loss of effectiveness, it may overexert itself and become damaged.

Knowing some basics of how things around us work can help us understand how to use them more rationally and safely.