Efficient cooling tips from Everest College

April 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

With summer temperatures right around the corner in Dallas, Texas, it is important for homeowners to take steps to maintain their air conditioning systems now to avoid problems this summer. For most homes, heating and cooling consumes more energy dollars than any other system. Unfortunately, regardless of costs, air conditioning systems often serve as the best refuge from the endless summer heat.

That’s why Leon Young is taking a break from teaching heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) courses at the Everest College – Mid Cities (Arlington) campus to share a few tips on what all homeowners can do to ensure a longer life for their heating and cooling equipment.

“Basic air conditioning maintenance will provide better comfort from the summer heat as well as cut utility costs. A well-maintained unit runs more efficiently, lasts longer, and suffers from fewer breakdowns,” said Young.  

While there are no guarantees, consumers can greatly increase their chances at a cooler summer by following a few simple steps: 

First, be sure to clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed. If you’re not sure where to start, filters are often located in the return air duct of the air conditioner itself, directly in the furnace or in filter grilles located in ceilings and/or walls. Check the specifications of our model and buy a replacement at most retail stores. If you live in an apartment, ask your apartment office to check and replace your filters as needed. 

When it’s hot outside, keep your window coverings closed during the day to keep solar heat from entering your home and making your air conditioner work harder.  

Give your air vents room to breath by keeping them clean and removing furniture, carpeting or drapes that could block air flow. 

In addition to keeping things clean inside; your outdoor unit should also be cleaned twice a year with a water hose. Turn the unit off at the breaker, start washing at the top and then work your way down. 

Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable in the summer. Never turn the thermostat off when you leave the house. Doing so will take the house several hours to return to a comfortable temperature and will cause the unit to work harder to make the house cool again. 

Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are finished cooking or bathing.  

These tips are just a small part of what Leon Young and other HVAC program instructors teach Everest students in Mid Cities (Arlington), Austin, Houston-Bissonnet and San Antonio. For more information on Everest’s HVAC program, visit www.everest.edu

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