Encouraging families to maintain their air conditioners ahead of the summertime heat will allow them to manage the high energy costs that go along with running the units. “Having the knowledge to maintain an air conditioner will not only benefit the consumer’s wallet,” says Tom Kelly, Haier America’s AC expert, “it will also create a more comfortable living environment during the summer months.”
Haier is the authority when it comes to window units and portable AC efficiency. Our tips on the basics, such as inspecting and cleaning a unit, or more advanced subjects, like finding the right size unit for a space, or upgrading or replacing one, will help with both purchase and maintenance in the short- and long-run.
Here, a handy checklist to keep your AC humming, all summer long:
• Install your air conditioner before the heat arrives.
• Clean the filter. Nothing contributes more to efficient operation than keeping it dirt-free.
• Install your unit in a window with northern exposure, if possible.
• Make sure the unit is level installed properly so the drainage system works effectively.
• Check the window kit and make sure you have all the required hardware. Always install your AC according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Inspect the cord. Make sure the LCDI plug is working properly by pressing the “test” and “reset” buttons after plugging in the unit—if your unit is so equipped.
• To see if the unit is blowing cold air, turn it to “High/Cool” and adjust the thermostat to its lowest setting. Check after 5 minutes of operation.
• Adjust the louvers to direct cool air where desired. Ensure that furniture, curtains, blinds or other obstructions do not block the inside of the unit.
• Check to make sure the exterior of the unit is clear of furniture, plantings or any household items that will block the flow of air.
• Avoid placing lamps or televisions near the AC thermostat as the extra heat emitted will cause the unit to run longer.
• Draw the blinds or curtains on hot days to prevent sunlight from warming the room.
• Avoid using heat-producing appliances, like ranges or dryers, on hot days.
• If installing a unit in the kitchen, increase the capacity of your AC by 4,000 BTUs.
• Use the timer—if your unit has one—to begin cooling the room before you arrive home.
• Using the “Energy Save” function saves energy by cycling the fan with the compressor. You may notice the room temperature is not as consistent as when using the cool mode.
• On humid days, set the fan speed to low. Slower air movement removes more moisture.
• Make sure you have the right size unit: Too small a unit will not adequately cool the room, especially on hot days. Too large a unit may not reduce the humidity enough to provide the desired comfort level.
• And when the cooling season is over, remove the unit to minimize heat loss, or use an appropriately sized cover.
• Use Haier’s online selector guide to find the perfect air conditioner for your needs: www.haieramerica.com/find-your-cool