Tips from Consumer Reports to improve the efficiency of air conditioners

(Consumer Reports/WTVF)-Some parts of the country are experiencing record high temperatures, and there is no sign of cooling. This week Nashville may even reach 100 degrees for the first time in nine years.
If your air conditioner is difficult to keep cool, Consumer Reports provides some tips to help you-even when the temperature in nature rises.
Consumer reports say that if your windows or central air conditioner are not as cool as before, you can do some repairs yourself while waiting for the repairman, and they may even solve the problem. First, start with the air filter.
“Dirty filters are a common problem with windows and central air conditioners. It restricts air flow, thereby reducing the ability of the air conditioner to cool the room,” said Consumer Reports engineer Chris Reagan.
Window installations usually have a reusable filter, you need to vacuum gently, and then wash with soap and water about once a month during peak periods. For central air conditioners, please check the manual to find out how often your air conditioners need to be replaced.
If you have pets, you will most likely need to change the filter more frequently because their hair will clog the filter more quickly.
CR says another way to maximize efficiency is to use weather strips around the window units. This prevents cold air from escaping from the outside and prevents warm air from sneaking in.
The position also affects the window AC. If it is placed in a sunny place, it must work harder. Keep curtains and curtains closed during the day to prevent sunlight from adding extra heat to your house.
In addition, if the temperature of the central air conditioner seems to have dropped, make sure that the thermostat is not exposed to direct sunlight, which may cause it to record the wrong temperature.
“You also need to make sure that your AC power has enough cooling capacitors or power. Look at the room it is going to enter. If your unit is too small for your space, it will never keep up, especially in those super hot On the other hand, if your unit is too large, it may circulate too fast and won’t let the air dry out and make your space a bit humid,” Reagan said.
If none of these moves work, compare the cost of the repair visit to the new window unit. If your air conditioner has been used for more than eight years, it may be time to replace it. CR said that for central air conditioning, this may be worth repairing. It can cost thousands of dollars to install a brand new central air conditioner. However, in the investigation of its members, CR found that the average price for repairing damaged systems was only $250.

Post time: Dec-22-2021