With summer coming, you might start worrying about how much money it is going to cost you to run your air conditioning unit and keep your house a comfortable temperature. Here are some tips for making your air conditioner more efficient so that you can reduce the costs of being able to live in comfort in your home.
1. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced Before You Need to Use It
There is nothing worse than trying to get comfortable at home and not being able to because of the temperature. What's even more frustrating is when the kitchen is the perfect temperature and the living room is too cold. There are some things you can do to change the consistency of the temperature in your home.
What Causes Hot and Cold Spots
The main cause of a difference in temperature is the thermostat.
Inefficient cooling can result from a variety of different problems with a central air conditioning system. If you want to diagnose the issue yourself, you might need to check several different parts for functionality or signs of damage to narrow down the problem's origin. A good place to start is in the condensing unit – or the part of your system that sits outside the house.
A condensing unit contains a number of parts, including start and run capacitors and the contactor.
Older models of gas furnaces had a pilot light that signaled when the furnace needed more gas to burn for the heating process. An electrical ignitor is typically more reliable than older model pilot lights but, like any electrical device, the ignitor can still malfunction or stop working over time. If your furnace has stopped heating completely, it's possible that your ignitor has a problem.
You can test the ignitor's functionality by using a multi-meter to check for continuity, or the continuous flow of electricity through the ignitor.
If you are a little adventurous and long for non-traditional living, you should consider building a treehouse as your main residence. Although the idea of full-time above-the-ground living may seem whimsical, it offers some solid advantages to traditional housing. These homes have little in common with the treehouse you had as a child. Before you build a new home, look to the treetops.
Since you are utilizing natural materials, the cost of building a treehouse can be significantly less than a traditional home.