For numerous Lakeview tenants, heating and cooling bills make up over half of a household’s total utility expenses. Nothing feels better than air conditioning in warm weather. Be careful, though, because using it can easily drive up costs. Thus, it’s vital to do what you can to keep utilities as low as possible. As a property owner, one of your responsibilities is learning basic maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Maintenance means you optimize your air conditioning system, and you keep your utility bills under control.
In wanting to increase your unit’s efficiency, make sure to clean it properly, at least once a year. If your unit sits on the ground, make sure to clear away any leaves or debris that may have fallen on or around it. Here’s a quick tip: clean your unit’s condenser coils and your drain line or have a professional come out and do it. Most air conditioning units have a drain by the indoor cooling coil, which is typically found near your furnace. You can easily clear it by pouring one cup of bleach down the drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water.
Another important part of optimizing your air conditioning system is to make airflow more efficient. The efficiency of airflow starts with clearing items away from indoor vents and making sure the vents are vacuumed. This helps your AC system do a better job of distributing cold air all everywhere inside the house. Another thing you can do is to keep your interior doors open and adjust the vents in rooms that aren’t used daily. To keep the cold air inside, close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. Installing good quality weather-stripping around each door and window is an excellent way to do this, as well. This will prevent air leaks and keep the cold air circulating inside the house where it belongs.
Don’t allow your air conditioning system to operate harder than it should. Raising your thermostat setting by two or three degrees can alleviate the strain on your air conditioner. Most experts recommend keeping it at 78 degrees when you are at home, and a bit higher when you’re gone. And, if you want to improve the circulation of the cooling breeze, you can use a fan together with your air conditioning. Constantly using a ceiling fan or table fan in certain rooms can help boost your air conditioning unit’s functionality and maintain a comfortable temperature.
Also, let’s go into the topic of avoiding adding extra sources of heat to your home’s interior. Cooking, using the oven, or running the clothes dryer can all heat your house. If you use these appliances during the hottest parts of the day, it can make your air conditioning unit work even harder. During the warmest months, try to use your appliances either in the morning or at night. This will help your air conditioner work more effectively and keep your house cool all day long. When cooking, use your exhaust fan to pull the heat out of the house or a floor fan to help it disperse. To avoid making your kitchen the hottest spot of your house, dispersing the heat through a fan is the way to go!
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 Chicago Edge, 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 Lakeview property manager, contact us online or call us at 773-904-7700.
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