Taking care of your air conditioning is the best way to ensure the system’s reliability. According to HVAC Professionals Group, if you properly maintain your air conditioning, you can expect the system to last up to 15 years. Here are five things you should do to take care of your air conditioning system.
1. Change the Filters Regularly
One of the most common failures with an air conditioner is caused by dirty filters. Dirty filters make your system work harder and wear out faster. Changing the filter in your system at least once a month will ensure that the airflow is unimpeded.
2. Don’t Block Vents or Air Exchanges
Blocking vents or air exchange with furniture or other goods can affect the energy efficiency of your system and block the airflow. AC systems depend on direct airflow to cool your home. When vents and air exchanges are blocked, it can damage your system.
3. Clear Debris
Make it a habit to clean around your outdoor AC unit periodically. Organic debris like grass cuttings and leaf litter piled up around your outdoor unit can impede performance. Gently clean around the system and use a low-pressure hose to wash away built-up debris. Additionally, keep trees and shrubbery around the unit trimmed back.
4. Get a Tune-Up
You should get a professional AC tune-up annually. The technician will completely inspect your system and make any necessary repairs. Staying on top of minor repairs will ensure you don’t have to worry about major mid-season breakdowns that leave you without AC.
5. Set the Temperature and Do This
A digital programmable thermostat is highly suggested to keep your AC running efficiently. Set the temperature to a reasonable temperature. For example, when it is 100 degrees outside, you should not set your thermostat to 68 degrees. The system will run and run to accommodate that temperature setting which is bad for your system. Find a temperature that you are comfortable at, and then leave it there. Moving the temperature up and down constantly is bad for the system.
Partnering with a professional to care for your AC system is a great way to ensure you are taking proper care of your system. Call today to set up an appointment.