Your air conditioning system is a necessity in the modern world but it can be expensive to run. This means it is critical that it is operating as efficiently as possible. Your air conditioner is a complicated system so there are several factors that can affect its efficiency. Luckily, we’ve worked out a few easy things you can do to give your system a boost with minimal technical know-how.

Keep vents clear

Ensure the vents that deliver the air are unobstructed. Furniture, plants, and even items like posters can block the air that is supposed to be reaching your property. Removing these obstructions ensures a smooth airflow. Be sure to regularly clean the vents with a vacuum cleaner or cloth to keep dust or debris from building up.

Check the outside unit

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have an outside unit that draws in air. If this unit is blocked by vegetation or other debris, then you won’t be getting the air you need. It will need to be cleared to improve its performance. Another way to increase HVAC efficiency is to ensure that the outside unit is positioned in a cool and shaded place.

Close doors and windows

It seems simple but it is remarkable how much of a difference closing doors and windows can make. Having exterior doors and windows closed but leaving internal ones open allows for the conditioned air to circulate throughout the building. Open external doors and windows affect the temperature and let out the conditioned air, forcing your HVAC unit to work harder than it should.

Install a smart thermostat

A smart thermostat could be your key to an efficient air conditioner. A smart control will allow you to set optimum temperatures throughout the day, ensuring you’re only using the power that you need at a given time. This will help reduce your usage, lowering the wear and effort on your AC unit and improving its efficiency.

Check your thermostat

The placement of your AC system’s thermostat can have a dramatic effect on its efficiency. If the thermostat is near a warm appliance or in direct sunlight, it won’t report the correct temperature. Your AC unit will then work harder to compensate, even though this is completely unnecessary. Adjust the position of your thermostat so that it’s somewhere with a consistent temperature.

Regular maintenance

The best way to ensure continued air conditioner efficiency is through regular, professional maintenance. We recommend an annual maintenance service for HVAC units to ensure all of the parts are properly cleaned and cleared. While there are some technical fixes you can undertake yourself, it is best to have a professional handle them. This guarantees the best result and keeps you safe. For the best results, book your maintenance in spring so your HVAC unit is operating at its best before you need to use it regularly in the summer months.

If you’re looking for professional air conditioning maintenance then be sure to choose the experts. Our team of skilled technicians at JP Air Conditioning work all over London. To book your air conditioning maintenance and boost your system’s efficiency, call us on 0208 333 1191 or email


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