Tips to Maximize Your RV’s AC

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Spring is here and summer is close on its heels. The weather is only going to get warmer around the country in the next few months, so no matter where you’re currently RVing or plan to go, you’ll be relying on your RV’s air conditioning unit to keep you cool.

While an RV’s AC does an admirable job, you can always squeeze out a little extra efficiency from your unit if you know how. Here are some of the top ways to make sure that your RV’s AC is running at the top of its game.

Make Sure Everything is Free from Obstructions

Your AC isn’t going to perform very well if it can’t deliver air. This is the first and  most straightforward step to take if you want to immediately boost your AC’s efficiency. Check your filters to make sure that they’re clean and don’t need to be replaced yet. You can prolong the life of a filter by cleaning them. Use lukewarm water with a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and dry overnight. You can also dust them with an air compressor or a can of air duster (they sell these at office supply stores for electronics). Also verify that the air return isn’t clogged with dirt or debris.

Place Your RV in the Shade

While parking under a tree may not always be an option, simply finding some shade can go a long way towards keeping your RV cool. Your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your interior space cool. If you can find shade, make use of it. Additionally, keep your blinds and curtains closed if you’re not actively enjoying the view.

Reduce Heat Generation

Limit your use of appliances that generate heat, like ovens, burners, and toasters. If it’s especially hot outside, choose recipes that either involve no cooking or don’t take long to prepare.

Changing out your bulbs for LED lights is another way to reduce heat in your RV. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they run cooler too.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

If you’re traveling through Northern California this spring or summer, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your season of RVing easier.