These are the tips and tricks for improving your Air Conditioner’s efficiency without having to call of wait for your nearest Houston HVAC contractor or technician. In the last part we dealt with the condenser of your Air Conditioner which is located outside the house. Now it’s time to deal with the evaporator, which is located within your rooms of the house. The first and foremost thing to do is to either clean or replace the filter of the evaporator. What the evaporator does is suck in air from the room passing it through the filter and over the cool refrigerant in the process and throws back the cool air back into the room. This process repeats itself over and over again to maintain not only thermal comfort but also allow you to breathe cleaner air. In the process the filters get dirty. You may be wondering as to how this effects the efficiency of the Houston HVAC System? If the filters are dirty, it will the fan would be working harder to suck the same amount of air. Therefore it is always recommended to clean the filters every two weeks.
But what if you have not been so active in cleaning the filter. Here is what you can do. As always, switch off the electrical mains and unplug the air-conditioner so that you are safe from any electrical shock. Now you would want to lift off or unscrew the cover of the evaporator to expose the filters. Once the cover is removed, you can check the quantity of dust settled on the filters by just running your finger over the filter. Now you need to take out the filter and clean it using a hose or under running water. Make sure to gently rub it with the help of a brush to aid easier removal. You might also use some detergent as well. Once done you would want to let it dry in shade for some time.
Once dry you can then put back in the filter into the evaporator and screw back the cover. It is important that you do not run the without installing back the filter. For the climate of Houston you may also consider replacing the filters in the transition period of summer-winter and winter-summer.
The other things that you can do to improve efficiency during the cooling season is keep the operating temperature at an ideal 72° F and use a ceiling fan running at medium speed to circulate the cool air. You might also not want to place computers, televisions and other heat radiating devices near air conditioner thermostat, as it will impact the proper functioning of the thermostat and thereby make the air conditioner condenser work longer and consume more electricity.