April 4, 2017
Contact: Monica Cardenas, Director, Communications
Arlington, Va. — Spring is the ideal time to prepare cooling equipment for the hot summer months and ensure it operates at its highest efficiency. AHRI offers homeowners tips to keep their central air conditioning and heat pump units running efficiently:
- Remove any leaves, grass, weeds, plants, and other debris from the outdoor condensing unit (the large metal box in your yard next to your home). A common offender is grass clippings thrown by the lawn mower.
- Clean your outdoor condensing unit occasionally by spraying it with a water hose. DO NOT use a pressure washer, as damage could occur.
- Check your air filter and change it if it is dirty, or per the manufacturer's recommendation. A clean filter can cut energy consumption 5 to 15 percent. Turn off the power to the air handler before pulling out the filter so that the fan does not turn on and blow dust throughout your home. Be sure to position the new filter according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Check to make sure air vents inside your home are not obstructed by furniture. If air cannot circulate freely through the vents, your air conditioner will work harder.
“Following these steps to ensure your units are running as efficiently as possible can help offset HVAC costs through the summer months,” AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek said. “Heating and cooling accounts for a significant percent of the energy used in a home, so taking steps to ensure the efficient use of heating and cooling equipment can help reduce energy bills.”
Establishing a service agreement with a reputable contractor is a good way to ensure that your HVAC equipment receives regular spring and fall maintenance for maximum efficiency and to catch problems early, before they can become bigger and more expensive. A service agreement also gives homeowners priority during the hottest and coldest months, when problems are most likely to emerge. Find a technician certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) online at www.natex.org.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.