If you've been to Australia, you know the heat here is no joke, and with summer just around the corner, it would be wise to crank up your air conditioner's cooling capabilities. Unfortunately, because of climate change, the heatwaves are getting hotter each year, raising the stakes even higher for anyone unprepared.
According to Australia's Medical Association, more and more Australians die each year because of heat compared to road accidents. So to stop you from lying down half-naked with a wet cloth in front of a fan from being too hot and bothered, here are a couple of ways you can improve cooling in your air conditioning.
Clear your vents and registers
The problem with most AC units is they aren't built with aesthetics in mind, so owners are more than often tempted to keep the registers and vents hidden. But doing so makes your AC work that much harder to keep your home cool which ultimately compromises your home's air conditioning.
And that's not the worst of it. The added pressure due to the blocked vents may cause air leaks in your AC's ductwork, and sometimes the system breaks down. So be sure to keep those vents and registers open and clear—curtains and furniture count too, so don't forget about them. Remember to call an air conditioner repair specialist for help fixing and cleaning your unit.
Replace or clean your air conditioner's filter
One reason for poor cooling from air conditioning is due to clogged-up filters because of the accumulation of dirt and grime which tend to slow down the flow of air. To prevent this, all you need to do is keep your AC filters clean and free of dirt.
But sometimes the filter has come to the end of its shelf life; in which case, it's time to replace it. Always follow the manufacturer's instruction when replacing the unit and be sure to check on it at least once a month.
Pro tip: Note down the date of replacement and set a reminder on your mobile device to inspect the filter each month. It's time to replace it if the filter doesn't let the light shine through it.
Clean the outdoor unit
Another reason for the reduced cooling capability of your home's air conditioning is a restriction in the inflow of air in your outdoor unit. A lot of the time most people want to hide the outdoor unit, and some of them go even further to get a cover online.
Perhaps it's been a while and it's just debris--twigs and other junk--blocking the flow of air of the unit. To avoid this, be sure to clean the condenser at least twice a year to improve performance and avoid any downtime.
These three simple tips should have your air conditioning working in full capacity to keep you cool and calm—being hot and sweaty tends to make people grumpy.