How to Maintain Your Air Conditioning
Keeping electricity use to a minimum is difficult during hot Texas summers, since so much of a household’s energy usage—up to 18%—is dedicated to cooling, higher than the national average of 12%.
Texas generates more electricity than any other state, and because approximately 64% of the state’s power is generated by natural gas and coal-burning plants, energy conservation helps keep the air clean by reducing emissions. You can take steps to reduce those emissions by reducing your energy consumption.
Staying up to date with maintenance on air conditioning units is an effective way to do your part. Proper upkeep of a unit optimizes its efficiency, reducing the amount of energy it needs to operate. This reduces emissions from power plants.
- Routinely replace the air filters. This one thing can reduce an air conditioner’s energy use by up to 15%.
- Clean the coils. Air conditioner coils collect dirt over time, so clean them every year. Also, to help keep the coils clean, it’s important to keep debris and foliage away from an external condenser unit.
- Maintain and repair the aluminum fins on the coils. They are easily bent and can block airflow.
- Clean out condensation drains. They can become clogged and prevent a unit from reducing humidity.