Homeowners are obviously going to spend a lot of money on their monthly utility bills if they live in regions that have especially hot summers or cold winters. Regardless of where you live, or how often you run your HVAC system, you can do quite a few things to make it more energy-efficient. If you are smart about it, you can do the work yourself and potentially reduce your monthly bill. This article explains one of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
The Importance of the AC Condenser
The air conditioner is obviously one of the most important parts of your system. Most people don't realize that the AC unit is just one part of the system. There is also going to be an air blower or pump that circulates the air throughout the ducts.
The air conditioner unit which is located on the can also be referred to as the condenser unit. This is because the outside of the unit has condenser coils. These coils are essentially where the heat that is transferred out of your house. This speeds up the heat transfer process and helps to keep the motor on your AC unit cooler while it is operating. All in all, you can't expect your AC system to be fully efficient if the condenser coils are dirty. Furthermore, the condenser coils get dirty very easily because they're located on the outside of unit.
Cleaning the Coils
In fact, you can see them if you just walk out and look at your unit right now. The coils are behind a protective metal cage and they are made up of thin aluminum ridges, called fins, that stick out. The gap in between each individual fin can catch dirt and dust, slowing down the condensing process. So, you can wash out this dirt, and it could increase the efficiency of your air conditioner. The majority of your dirt will wash out if you just spray it down with a hose. However, there could also be dirt that is a little more stubborn and deeper in between the fins. The more difficult dirt can be removed using coil cleaning brushes. You want to be careful when brushing your coils because they are very fragile and bendable. If you bend them flat, it will be even worse than having dirty coils. So, use a coils cleaning brush, and make sure you brush with the grain, not against it.
There are also coil cleaning liquids that you can spray onto your coils, but you might just be able to use a household cleaner you already have. Contact a service, like GNL Heating and Cooling, for more help.