During the summer, our air conditioners are our best friends. On those hot and sunny days, nothing can help us relax more than some fresh, cool air. Having an air conditioner is pretty much mandatory these days, as summers can sometimes be crazy hot.
Since everyone owns at least one air conditioner in their home, we decided to write an article that will explain some things about them, so if you are ready to learn some more about AC’s, keep reading.
All you need to know about air conditioners
There are a few things that you need to know about your air conditioner, especially if you are the kind of person who wants to fix the problems by himself, in case they occur sometimes.
For example, having dirty, unchanged filters, can kill the efficiency of your AC, so making sure that you install one every couple of months will be a smart decision when it comes to maintaining your AC up to its fullest potential and functionality.
Next, cleaning the ducts will also be pretty important. This is how to find and fix leaks in your air conditioning system. You can find and identify the leak by using the good old “smoke trick”. This is probably the most old school way of identifying the air conditioning problem, but it works perfectly, so people are still sticking to it. If you are unfamiliar about what this term means, we’ll explain it right now.
The smoke trick can be done just like this. Light up incense and hold it where your unit and the window frame meet. If you are using a central AC, you can hold the stick near the place where the duct connections are. If the smoke from the incense happens to be blowing around, it means you’ve got a leakage. For Ductwork, you can use the foil tape to seal all the small gaps, and you can use duct mastic for the larger ones. If you are using a window AC unit, you can simply stuff foam between the device and the frame of the window, and you can even tape it if needed.
The person who installed your AC probably will put you on the yearly cleaning schedule that needs to go beyond just cleaning the filters. You need to schedule this checkup before the summer seasons starts when you will mostly be using your AC. You don’t want your cooling unit to give up in the middle of the warmest days, so make sure that you regularly check if everything is working the way it should.
A very useful tip that not many people know about is that you actually should not have all of your doors and windows closed while your AC is working up to its maximum potential. Everyone seems to fully “seal” the house while their system is cooling, but this is a mistake. You are reducing the maximum potential of the AC by completely eliminating all of the air flow in the house. Instead, if you want some privacy, but still allowing your AC to work the way it should, leave the curtains on or simply open the window just a little bit opened.