Three Ways To Make Sure The Design Of Your Home And Yard Do Not Undermine AC Efficiency

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An AC unit is a sensitive piece of equipment and small details can make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your cooling system. If you move into an older home, the architects behind the design of your home may not have been as sensitive to the peculiarities of an AC unit as they should have been, so you should inspect your home carefully and take steps to improve the efficiency of your AC system as necessary. 

Thermostat Placement

Misinformed designers may want to place thermostats where they can easily be accessed to make adjustments as necessary. This is a mistake if they place the thermostat where conditions will trigger incorrect readings that can cause your system to run more often than it should. Avoid the following problematic locations:

1. Installing a thermostat right over a cooling vent can cause the thermostat to shut off before your whole house has cooled properly. For best readings, place your thermostat in a central location at some distance from any vents. 

2. Installing a thermostat right in front of a window where it receives direct sunlight can cause the thermostat to heat up more rapidly than the rest of your home, which will trigger your AC to run more often than it should. 

Vent and Furniture Placement

When you place furniture in your home, you will want to make sure that you don't put furniture in positions that block vents. Whenever you block the flow of air from a vent, you diminish your AC unit's ability to cool your home, which can cause the AC unit to run longer than it should. 

Landscaping Placement

If you have a central-air AC system, then you will have a set of condenser coils located outside your home, typically at ground level. Condenser coils are not exactly pleasant to look at, so landscapers might be tempted to place bushes, flowers, tall grasses, or other plants around your condenser unit to create a camouflage. The problem with this approach is that as plants grow up around your coils, they can block the flow of air through your coils and decrease the efficiency of your AC system. Thus, you will want to cut vegetation back to ensure that you have at least two feet between your coils any possible obstructions. 

In order to avoid paying too much to cool your home, you need to pay careful attention to the design of your system. For more additional information, contact an air conditioning contractor in your area.

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