DO allow plenty of airflow around your condenser.
Your system works most efficiently when it’s got breathing room. Be sure to keep an eye on grass, flowers, and leaves around the condenser area, and regularly maintain the area to ensure there’s about 3’ of open space on all sides.
DO maintain a consistent indoor temperature.
For maximum comfort and energy savings, do your best to keep from turning the A/C up and down throughout the day. (For reference, Energy Star recommends keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees when you’re home and awake.)
DON’T run your A/C overnight.
A lot of people are surprised to hear this one! Since your body is better able to regulate temperature at night, you really don’t need to keep the A/C going when you head to bed. It also reduces the chance of the coolant lines freezing up in lower nighttime temps.
DON’T cover your condenser.
Wrapping your condenser can lead to rust, condensation, and pest invasions. Nothing’s worse than finding out that a family of mice spent the winter gnawing on your insulation and wiring… well, except for the bill to get it fixed.
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