If you have a home with a split air central AC system, you have to accept the fact that it is going to lose efficiency as it gets older. Of course, new systems will come out that boast far better efficiency ratings. Since most homeowners can't simply rush out and buy new AC appliances and components (no matter how much they would like to), they are forced to do their best to reduce their AC consumption. There are several ways you can use less electricity without necessarily using your AC system less often. This article explains a few ways that you can stem the loss of airflow to help increase the overall productivity and circulation of your air conditioner.
How to Make Sure the Air Flows
The conditioned air in your system goes on a long, and quite complicated, path to your air registers. The cold air is basically created at the AC unit outside of the building. Then it travels through the hose into the house where it feeds into the ducts. Theses ducts are then connected to the furnace or air blower unit. Most split air systems have blowers that are housed inside the actual furnace cabinet. Yes, your furnace is probably part of your AC system. From the blower, the air feeds back into the ducts that connect to the air registers throughout the house. But, the process does not necessarily end when the air reaches your rooms.
The warm air that is already in your rooms also needs to go somewhere. This warm air is sucked back into the furnace (where it is filtered) through the air return registers. There will be two or three of these larger registers in your home. As you can see the air has to flow through a number of critical junctures. If you want to make sure that your airflow is not being lost, you need to follow its path and repair or replace any sections where the air is being lost.
Where to Begin
You want to start with your AC hose. This is the hose that connects the AC unit with the ducts in your home. This hose is connected to the back of the unit and the duct junction with hose clamps. Make sure both clamps on the ends of the hose are airtight. If your AC is running while you are checking the hose, you should be able to easily tell if it is leaky.
To learn more, contact an air conditioning repair company near you!