Here in New Orleans, winter usually does not get that cold. Even though you may need to turn the heat on for a day or two, almost certainly, a day later you will need to turn the cold air back on. In conditions like these, it is important to take care of your unit to make sure it runs efficiently. There are a few things you can do that will help your unit work better.
Water can cause your condenser to rust and wear out more quickly. Avoid having any water sprayed on your unit to reduce the risk of corrosion.
Remove debris, trim grass and tear out any bushes that restrict airflow. This will improve the efficiency of your system and reduce the risk of over heating.
A system with varying speed options can conserve energy. Reducing your system’s output during milder weather will save you money on energy bills. Only increase/decrease your temperatures a few degrees. Adjusting temperatures 5-8 degrees (down in winter and up in summer) can help save money and energy. Furthermore, make sure you keep lamps and other heat producing appliances away from your thermostat.
A programmable thermostat gives you better control over output. When your unit is only on when it has to be, you’re going to see smaller energy bills.
Change Your Filter
Remember to change your air filters regularly. Usually changing the filters one a month is sufficient. If you have pets you may want to consider changing to a more efficient 4″ or 5″ Media Filter.
Vacuum Indoor Vents
Vacuum dust and any debris away from indoor supply vents to help maintain steady airflow from your system. Also, keep items like blinds, furniture and toys away from blocking the vents.