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How to Optimize Your Air Conditioning System

Houston Heights Rental Property with an Outdoor Air Conditioning UnitFor lots of Houston Heights tenants, heating and cooling bills make up over half of a household’s total utility expenses. In warm weather months, always using your air conditioning can drive up costs and take money away from more important things. This makes it necessary to do what you can to keep utilities as low as possible.

As the property owner, executing just a few basic maintenances on your air conditioning unit and adhering to certain easy to achieve measures, could optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility bills under control together at the same time.

Another effective practice to increase your air conditioning unit’s efficiency is to clean it properly, at the very least once a year. If your unit sits on the ground, make certain to clear away any leaves or debris that may have fallen on or around it. It’s equally a brilliant idea to clean your unit’s condenser coils and your drain line or have a professional get out there and do it. Most air conditioning units have a drain by the indoor cooling coil, which is mostly positioned near your furnace. You can certainly clear it by simply pouring one cup of bleach down the drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water.

One other vital aspect of optimizing your air conditioning system is to make airflow more efficient. An excellent starting place is to clear items away from your indoor vents and vacuum them out. This will maintain and help your AC system to bring about a better job of distributing cold air everywhere in the house. It may similarly help to keep your interior doors open and adjust the vents in a few rooms that are not used daily. To prevent the cold air inside from going out, close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. Furthermore, warrant that you have good quality weather-stripping around each door and window. This will prevent air leaks and keep the cold air circulating inside the house where it should be.

You can likewise help keep your air conditioning system from working harder than it should be. Raising your thermostat setting by two or three degrees can lessen the strain on your air conditioning unit. Most experts recommend maintaining it at 78 degrees when you are at home, and a bit higher when you’re gone. Similarly, using a fan with your air conditioning can aid circulate the air faster and provide a fine cooling breeze. Habitually operating a ceiling fan or table fan in certain rooms can aid to boost your air conditioning unit’s functionality and maintain a comfortable temperature.

On a final note, let’s discuss avoiding adding extra sources of heat to your home’s interior. Cooking, using the oven, or running the clothes dryer can thus all heat up your house. If you use these appliances during the hottest parts of the day, it can surely cause your air conditioning unit to work even harder. In the course of the warmest months, try to use your appliances either in the morning or at night. This will certainly help your air conditioner work more effectively and keep your house cool all day long. If you do desire to cook, use your exhaust fan to pull the heat out of the house or a floor fan to help it disperse. Doing so will help hold your kitchen from evolving into the hottest place in the house.

By following a few simple strategies and performing regular maintenance, you can optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility costs down all summer long.

At Real Property Management Heritage, we make sure to keep all of our rentals (including their air conditioning) in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in talking to a Houston Heights property manager, contact us online or call us at 832-449-5263.

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