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How to Tell if Your A/C is Running at Peak Efficiency

It’s the hottest time of the year in the south. Now is not the time you want to run into issues with your air conditioner. In a climate like ours, A/C efficiency matters more than many homeowners realize. It’s not just a matter of cooling your home, but also keeping your bill low without sacrificing your comfort.

 How can you ensure your A/C is running at peak efficiency? Here are the top signs you’re in good shape.

Your A/C Runs in Cycles

If your A/C isn’t constantly running, even when it’s hot, take that as a good sign. Your air conditioner should run in cycles. The longer it runs, the more energy it takes and the higher your bills will be. This means your unit is working harder than it needs to in order to cool your home.

The Unit Blows Cool Air

Your air conditioner should blow cool air. That might seem like a no-brainer, but an inefficient unit will actually blow warm air. This could be because of dirty coils, clogged air filters, or issues with refrigerant levels. No matter the cause, warm air is the last thing you want in your home during the summer!

Utility Bills Don’t Give You Sticker Shock

If you’ve lived in your home for a few years, you already know what utilities cost you each month. But if you notice that your bill seems significantly higher than normal, it could be because your air conditioner isn’t running efficiently.

Even in the summer heat, your utility bill shouldn’t give you sticker shock. If all looks normal on the charges, then consider your A/C working properly.

Your Coil is Ice-Free

When your A/C unit leaks refrigerant, the coils become too cold and can freeze, even in the summertime. You can visually inspect your air conditioner coil without any special tools. If there’s ice build-up, your unit won’t be able to work at peak efficiency.

Your A/C is Keeping Up with the Temperature

One of the most surefire ways to tell if your air conditioner is running properly is simply to pay attention to how you feel in the home. Are you comfortable and don’t have to give your thermostat a second glance? If so, then trust that your A/C unit is doing its job.

However, if you’ve adjusted your thermostat to your favorite temperature and still feel hot, there could be a number of problems with your HVAC system. Watch to see how long it takes to cool a room once you’ve adjusted the temperature. Or, if you notice you set a temperature but your air conditioner isn’t keeping up (e.g., the room is hotter than what you’ve specified, etc.), then your unit should be inspected.

The Unit Sounds Normal

Air conditioner units make many sounds. Sometimes, these sounds are from normal operations, such as the blower motor kicking on. But sometimes, your unit might sound strained. Sounds can be hard to diagnose, but if you notice your unit sounds different than normal, you might consider calling a professional to take a look. This is especially important if you notice any of the other signs of an inefficient unit.

Efficiency Lagging? Schedule an A/C Tune-Up!

Suspect your air conditioner might not be working at its best? It’s time to schedule a tune-up! Our experienced team of professionals will come to inspect the unit and make adjustments on the spot to keep your system running smoothly and lower your energy bills. Contact our team today to schedule your summer tune-up!

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