Are there any specific things I can do myself that will improve my air quality as I change from season to season?
a. When the outside day temperature is 55F/13C or over, you should activate power to the outside condensing unit by turning the air conditioner's main circuit breaker or fuse disconnect to the "ON" position. Do not activate the wall thermostat at this time. It is most important that you wait at least 12 hours before allowing the air conditioner to function. By doing this, you will allow a heater at the compressor to warm up the oil within for an easy start and preventing compressor damage.
b. When the 12 hours have elapsed, turn the switch at your wall thermostat to the "COOLING" position and set the temperature dial 2 to 3 degrees less actual room temperature. The outside unit and furnace blower should start immediately. Within half an hour, the cooling should be noticeable at register outlets. The recommended normal settings for air conditioning is approximately 75F/24C, however this can be altered to your preference.
c. If the outside unit did not start after following the above steps, you should check the main air conditioner disconnect or circuit breaker to look for blown fuses.
How can I get the highest level of efficiency from my air conditioner?
a. The furnace filter should be cleaned or replaced once a month during the cooling season. Lack of cleaning the filters will result in dirty filters which can create a frost-up condition and damage the seal system.
b. Make sure all hot air registers in the basement are closed and that all registers and air return outlets on the upper floors are open and free of obstructions. This will ensure enhanced air flow.
c. If you have a by-pass humidifier installed on your furnace, make sure that the damper is closed. This will help prevent improper circulation of cool air.
d. In order to ensure efficiency, the outside condensing unit should be free of dead leaves and grass. In addition any other covering such as a winter cover (if any) should be removed.
Still not working?
If you have any problems with your air conditioner that you cannot seem to solve, please contact Husky Heat and Air Conditioning and we will gladly assist you and resolve the problem(s).