The first and most simple step to take to prolong your air conditionerís life is to change the filter, ideally once monthly.
Use an interior fan to complement your AC. This will give your AC a helping hand and distribute the cool air better without unnecessarily increasing your electricity bills.
Putting your lamps, TV sets etc. near your thermostat is a big no-no. heat from these appliances can be detected by the thermostat making the AC run unnecessarily long.
Its ok to put trees or shrubs to shade your AC but make sure they donít come in the way of the airflow. An AC unit functioning under a shade is known to use almost 10% less amount of electricity than one functioning directly under the sun.
When the weather starts to cool you should check the outside of the air conditioning. You should check around the unit and make sure there is no debris on the surface of the condenser that will stop airflow. Also you should check between the fins of the condenser to see that itís not plugged with dead bugs or pollen. Spraying the condenser with a hose will usually be good enough to get rid of all the debris.
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