432826906_a19e1b2e25_mYour air conditioner has many different parts, and some of them use up more energy than others. So if you’re looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your cooling system, you’ll get the most “bang for your buck” by focusing on the components that consume the most energy. One of those components is your system’s air handler. Today we’re going to help you lower your cooling bills this summer by talking about how to improve the efficiency of your air handler!

What causes an air handler to operate inefficiently?

One of the most common reasons why air handlers start to operate inefficiently is that there is something blocking airflow through your ducts. When this happens, your air handler has to work harder to push air through the blockage and maintain proper airflow. Another common cause of air handler inefficiencies is leaky ductwork. If your ducts have any openings that allow air to escape, your air handler will have to work longer than usual to make up for the loss of air. Finally, an air handler will operate much less efficiently when its fan blades are dirty. That’s because dirt adds weight to the blades, which forces the motor to work harder and consume more energy to keep them spinning.

How to improve the efficiency of your air handler

  • Change your air filter. The number one way that airflow gets blocked in ductworks is when your air filter is dirty. A dirty filter does not have much open space available for air to flow through it, so your air handler has to work extra hard to push air through any openings that it can find. By changing your filter every month, you can prevent your filter from blocking airflow and avoid major inefficiencies with your air handler.
  • Seal up your ducts. As we mentioned above, your air handler consumes more energy when there are leaks in your ducts. Hyde’s offers duct sealing services during which we can inspect your ductwork and seal up any leaks that we find. After your ducts are sealed, you’ll greatly reduce the workload for your air handler because all of the air that it produces will stay in your ducts until it’s delivered to your rooms.
  • Open all of your air vents. Another way that airflow can get blocked is when there is a buildup of pressure in your ducts. This tends to happen when your homes air vents are closed or blocked by furniture, because the air that was supposed to be released will remain in your ducts and your air handler will be pushing against the added pressure. To avoid this, ensure that all of your home’s air vents are completely open and have room to breathe.
  • Install a variable speed air handler. Traditional air handlers are always operating at their highest capacity. But your system requires different levels of airflow at different times, and it’s not always necessary for your air handler to operate at full blast. A variable speed air handler is able to operate at different speeds depending on your system’s airflow requirements at any time, which allows it to conserve energy during the times when the highest capacity is not needed.

If you have any questions about how to improve the efficiency of your air handler, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley air conditioning contractor.

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