For most Miami tenants, heating and cooling bills make up over half of a household’s total utility expenses. Be careful with your usage of air conditioning, especially during seasons of warm weather, because it can drive up costs. Hence, do what you can to keep utilities as low as possible. Because you are the property owner, you will need to learn a few basic maintenance tricks on your air conditioning unit so that you can optimize it. In doing so, you keep the utility bills under control.
At least once a year, clean your air conditioner. This will increase its efficiency. If your unit sits on the ground, make sure to clear away any leaves or debris that may have fallen on or around it. Consider it good practice to clean your unit’s condenser coils and your drain line or have a professional come out and do it. Most air conditioning units have a drain by the indoor cooling coil, which is often positioned near your furnace. You can easily clear it by pouring one cup of bleach down the drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water.
Another important part of optimizing your air conditioning system is to make airflow more efficient. To do this, clear items away from indoor vents. Vacuum those vents, as well, to ensure good airflow. This leads your AC system to do a better job of distributing cold air inside your house. It’s worth considering keeping your interior doors open and adjusting the vents in any rooms that are not used daily. To keep the cold air inside, close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. And, it’s best to guarantee good quality weather-stripping around each door and window. This will prevent air leaks and keep the cold air circulating inside the house where it belongs.
There are ways to stop your air conditioning system from working harder than it should. Raising your thermostat setting by two or three degrees can limit the strain on your AC unit. Most experts recommend keeping it at 78 degrees when you are at home, and a bit higher when you’re gone. The cooling breeze from your air conditioning unit will circulate faster if you use a fan. Using a ceiling fan or table fan in certain rooms can help boost your air conditioning unit’s functionality and maintain a comfortable temperature.
Last but not the least, consider avoiding adding extra sources of heat to your home’s interior. Cooking, using the oven, or running the clothes dryer can all heat your house. If you use these appliances during the hottest parts of the day, it can make your air conditioning unit work even harder. During the warmest months, try to use your appliances either in the morning or at night. This will help your air conditioner work more effectively and keep your house cool all day long. If cooking is something that you need to do, use your exhaust fan to pull the heat out of the house or a floor fan to help it disperse. In so doing, you are relieving the kitchen of being the hot spot of the house.
By following a few simple strategies and performing regular maintenance, you can optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility costs down all summer long.
At Real Property Management Asset Solutions, we make sure to keep all of our rentals (including their air conditioning) in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in talking to a Miami property manager, contact us online or call us at 954-889-5627.
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