Six Tips for Environmentally Friendly Air Conditioner Storage
There are several important benefits to be gained from properly storing an air conditioner and implementing preventive maintenance. Not only will the air conditioner’s life be extended but owners will also see lower energy bills and they’ll be helping the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 21, 2006
Beating the heat during the dog days of summer can be an expensive business. While there is no real end in sight to rising energy costs, steps can be taken to ensure that related comfort expenses stay at a minimum for people and their families. Authorities agree that regular maintenance and proper storage of portable air conditioners will prolong their efficiency and life, reducing the frequency with which it will have to be replaced.
There are several important benefits to be gained from properly storing an air conditioner and implementing preventive maintenance. Not only will the conditioner's life be extended but energy bills will also see lower and you'll be helping the environment by reducing CO2 emissions. Combined, these six tips will help promote longevity, efficiency and family safety.
1. Store the AC unit well before the first frost. Trapped water could freeze and damage the air conditioner's internal components.
2. Remove and clean, or replace the air filter. If the filter is the permanent type, it can be washed with a mild detergent and reused.
3. Check the drain opening for blockage and drain any excess water in the portable air conditioner. Sometimes, mold or minerals build up and block the drain reducing the unit's effectiveness.
4. Check and clean the motor fan and compressor by blowing out the dust with an air hose. Check the compressor fittings for leaks using liquid soap or refrigerant leak detector.
5. Lubricate the fan and motor with standard off the shelf motor oil.
6. Store AC unit in a dry basement or attic, not on a garage floor, where it could come into contact with corrosive de-icing salts that can drip off of a car's tires. You can store the portable air conditioner in a closet or storage room – just make sure the prior steps are followed before doing so.
Two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners which use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the country - more than $11 billion dollars each year. In most cases, fossil fuels must be burned in order to produce electricity and when fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Air conditioners release roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year—an average of about two tons for each home with an air conditioner. This number can vary based on the health of an air conditioner. Units that are well maintained and stored properly will run more efficiently. This will ultimately lower electricity bills and CO2 emissions.
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