Much of the country has been having a hot summer, and here in Brooklyn our air conditioners have been working overtime. Here are some tips from your Brooklyn air conditioning experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating to help your air conditioner run more efficiently and save you money. There are some steps you can take yourself, while others are better left to air conditioning service professionals.
Start by making sure all of your doors and windows are closed. Use a programmable thermostat to increase the temperature for when you’re going to be out of the house at work or school. Keep lamps and other heat-producing items away from the thermostat. They’ll make the air around the thermostat hotter than the rest of the house and your AC will run longer. Because your home will be cooler in the morning, keep it that way by closing blinds and curtains to block the warming rays from the sun.
Your ductwork is like the lungs of the house, and it needs to be able to breathe. Don’t block the vents with drapes or furniture. This is important, even if you have to rearrange the furniture. If you keep the door closed to a room that contains a return-air vent, it will disrupt airflow through the ducts. Vacuum your vents. Consider having your ductwork professionally cleaned.
Don’t try to control the temperature by opening and closing vents because it disrupts the overall airflow. If you’re having an issue of one room being either over-cooled or too hot, your Brooklyn air conditioning experts can help solve this problem. The way to handle this properly is with a zone control system.
Check out your indoor unit and make sure that the filter is clean. Filters should be changed at least twice a year. Outside, make sure your outdoor unit isn’t blocked by trees and shrubbery. Some shading of the outdoor unit is a plus, but you can’t impede the airflow through it.
Then there are tasks that are best left to the experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating. When you hire us for air conditioning maintenance, we’ll clean both your indoor and outdoor coils with safe and approved chemicals and wash away any debris that’s stuck in the outdoor coil. We’ll check the refrigerant charge to make sure that it’s correct. And if your air conditioner starts making funny noises or starts cycling on and off frequently, it may be an indication that’s something wrong, either with your thermostat or with the equipment itself. Our highly trained service experts will diagnose the problem for you and let you know what kind of air conditioning repair is required.
No need to sweat it this summer. Your friends at Petri Plumbing & Heating are ready to help you get back on track when your AC breaks down. Just call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact us online today!