This is a question we get asked quite often. Your condenser is designed to be outside in the elements with sufficient air flow. That being said, covering the unit with a properly fitted cover will provide some added longevity and prevent snow from sitting inside the unit during the winter months. It’s important that you use a proper cover that will allow for some air movement throughout the unit. When you seal the unit completely with a tarp and bungy cords for example, you are encouraging condensation to form inside. Without air movement the condensation will just sit on the components and cause premature failure. Our Trane XLI air conditioning units come with a permanent built in cover, so you never have to worry about it.
So in short, it’s beneficial to cover your central air conditioning condenser with a properly fitted cover.
“Set it and forget it”
Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it alone. It’s much easier for your AC to control humidity when it’s left to a set temperature. Every time you turn the temperature way up or turn the thermostat off, your AC needs to work overtime to dehumidify and get your home back up to a comfortable temperature. Not only does this increase the wear and tear on your system, but will result in higher energy consumption as well.
We are all familiar with our air conditioner being the large square box at the side or back of our house. However, your central air conditioner is a system with many components. Everyone knows their furnace or air handler is what heats them over the winter, however not everyone realizes the same blower motor that gives you heat in the winter also cycles your cool air in the summer. As you can see from the diagram, there is an evaporator coil above the furnace(normally hidden in your duct work). That evaporator is what the cold refrigerant is pumped through by the outdoor unit or condenser. Your furnace fan motor is forcing the warm air in your home across the cold evaporator coil in your duct work. The cold refrigerant absorbs the heat from your home and rejects it outside. If your furnace filter is dirty, there is less warm air blowing across your evaporator coil and therefore less cool air being cycled in your home. Likewise, if the outdoor condenser is dirty or covered by bushes, it is unable to reject as much heat from your home.
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If you are considering repainting the outside of your home or if you are getting a roofing job done, keep in mind that darker colors absorb heat. If it goes with the rest of your home, consider using lighter colors for your exterior.
Air can seep out of your home in many spots including chimney gaps, around windows or doors, small leaks around where utilities enter your home (dryer vents etc). Take some time this fall to seal up these leaks or gaps with caulking or other sealing tools. This will save on both furnace and air conditioning costs.
Take advantage of cooler days like today. When there is a breeze or cool air, turn off your air conditioning and open your windows. Let some of that fresh air in!
In these hot months, you may have had your air conditioning running none stop. To help expand it’s lifespan and keep it’s efficiency up, give it some resting time. You can usually find how often and for how long you should let your air conditioner rest in it’s manual/guide.
As we’ve stated many times before, it is good to have your furnace and/or air conditioner inspected & serviced at least once a year. So if you don’t remember the last time you had someone in, perhaps now is a good time!
The key to being cool and comfortable has a lot to do with humidity. If a window air conditioner is too large for it’s room or space, too many BTU’s, then it may cool the room but fail to remove the humidity properly.