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Get the most out of your AC

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By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda

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In a tropical country like the Philippines, summer temperatures seem to be present all year round; hence, expect home air conditioning to work day in and day out.  Just like cars, air conditioning units need to be regularly checked and maintained in order to function adequately and efficiently. A properly maintained air conditioning unit will improve its performance and will definitely save you money.

Here are ways on how you can get the most out of our ACs.

01.Keep all else close.

When the AC is on, do not leave windows and doors open to prevent the hot air outside from getting in and the cool air inside the room from getting out.  Letting the hot air in while you are trying to cool down the room will make your unit work double time. For faster cooling, create a closed space by closing adjacent room and cabinet doors.

02.Avoid heat.

When temperatures are high, avoid using appliances that generate heat.  Avoid the use of dryers and ovens. Using the dryer invites warm air in your house, just like using an oven would. If you still have incandescent bulbs in your room, replace them.  They, too, generate heat.

03.Clear up the dirt inside and out.

Your air conditioning unit would work best when there are no unnecessary debris and dust around it.  Make sure the filters and coils are clean. Check the filters as they may need replacement.   It is also important to check on your outdoor condensing unit.  Keep it clean.

04.Unblock.

Make sure that your vents are free from clothes, curtains or drapes and dirt as well. The unit would have to work its way through all the dirt and grime, causing it to slow down.  Blocked or covered vents would surely reduce air flow.

05.Ask help from the professionals.

You can schedule semi-annual maintenance for your AC unit. Let the pros handle it.  They would know what needs to be fixed.

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