Did you know that air conditioning wasn’t introduced for residential use until the 1950s? Imagine not having this modern day appliance to help keep you cool on the warmest of summer days.
Today, when the temperatures start to rise, it’s nice knowing that with a flip of a switch, cool air will change the temperature in our homes quickly. And thanks to innovation, we can keep our homes cool while using less energy to do so in the process.
Yet no matter how innovative your cooling system is, if it isn’t serviced properly, it contributes to higher energy costs and less efficient cooling of your home. A well-maintained air conditioner will make sure you’re saving all you can.
Clean Around The AC Unit
When the trees start budding, and you see green peeking out from the ground, it’s time to get outside and do some work. While bringing out the lawn furniture and planting new life into your garden is fun, don’t forget to clean up too. Clear away any overgrown plants around your air conditioner that can get in the way of its function. Move away any dirt or debris that may have accumulated during the winter. It’s also important to give your condenser a deep cleaning before it operates the first time.
Change The Filter
One of the most important tasks you can take with your HVAC system is to change the filter regularly. Before you start up your AC for the year, change out the filter. A dirty filter can reduce the energy efficiency and cause your equipment to work harder than necessary.
Inspect Your AC System
Your HVAC equipment works hard every day to deliver you the conditioned air you desire. And every time your equipment turns on and off, it runs the risk of having a problem. Hear a clunk or ping? Does the system start slowly and not cool as well as it once did? It may be time to consider an inspection. An inspection locates where problems lie and fixes and repairs them before they turn into bigger issues. It includes problems with all aspects of the system, including ductwork, thermostat, condensing coils, and condensing unit.
Full Season Care
Don’t put off potential problems until the next season. If you suspect a problem with your air conditioner in the fall, waiting until the following spring can cause problems to grow. Be sure you cover your unit as necessary and address all concerns at the moment you detect them.
Your air conditioner isn’t something you should tinker with on a do-it-yourself basis. Neglecting it or not caring for it properly can increase your energy loss while putting your equipment more at risk. A yearly tune up can ensure you get the most life out of your equipment as possible.
Have you checked your cooling equipment this season?