Help Your A/C’s Performance This Summer
As energy costs continue to rise in the Fort Collins area, keeping your home cool during the summer may prove to be an expensive proposition. If you would like to keep your house comfortable, while reducing your utility bills, consider these guidelines to help optimize your A/C’s performance:
- Use Only Matched Components: All of the components in your system, including the condenser coil, evaporator coil, compressor, refrigerant lines, blower fan and air ducts, must be rated for the same amount of cooling output or your A/C’s performance will be reduced severely. For example, simply undersizing a refrigerant line slightly can reduce a system’s efficiency by up to 2 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) points and it may also lead to premature failure of the compressor, due to the extra pressure in the system. Make sure your contractor uses the proper components during system installations.
- Properly Size the A/C: The cooling output of the A/C should be matched to your home using a Manual J load calculation. A common mistake is to oversize the system. The system will then require more electricity to run, and because it cycles on and off constantly, it will not be able to remove as much humidity from the air as a properly-sized system. This will make it feel much hotter inside at a similar temperature, forcing you to lower the thermostat.
- Clean The Coils: Dirty evaporator and condenser coils can increase your electricity usage by up to 30 percent and more than 90 percent of system failures are related to dirty coils. While the coils should be cleaned during your annual service visit, you may consider cleaning them yourself between appointments.
- Seal the Air Ducts: Leaky and uninsulated air ducts can reduce your A/C’s performance by up to 20 percent. Use mastic or metal tape to seal all duct connections and insulate the entire length of the duct, especially if it is located in uninsulated space.
If you would like more information about improving your A/C’s performance, contact our professionals at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning today. We serve Fort Collins and many of the surrounding communities.