During the summertime, your central AC system will be a lifeline. This is especially the case during those especially brutal summer months. Not only will an efficiently working AC system keep you cool – it will also help you save money. If you haven’t maintained your AC system, it may work harder to condition the air inside your home, which will require more energy. This will cause your impact on the environment to get bigger. Moreover, if you don’t maintain your AC system, you may wind up spending more money on repairs, which can be especially damaging if a major part breaks, like the condenser unit. Fortunately, maintaining your AC is easy – it just requires diligence and getting into the habit. If you don’t get into the habit of doing basic maintenance and repair, you will greatly increase your chances of a major breakdown. Here is how to maintain your central AC system.
- Make sure to remove and replace the filter – you will want to complete this job at least once a month. In most cases, filters are affordable and easy to replace. When it comes down to it, filters can become clogged with dirt and detritus. The dirtier the filter is, the harder it will be for your AC system to provide a steady stream of air. Moreover, it will be difficult for your system to bring in fresh air when the filter is clogged.
- Make sure that you keep an eye on the condenser unit – you don’t want there to be any major obstructions that could damage this part of your AC. Indeed, your condenser unit can easily become blocked with leaves and branches. The truth of the matter is that you probably don’t want to keep pulling out leaves, so you may want to think of building a case or cage for your condenser unit.
- Make sure to hire a specialized HVAC company, like Atlas Heating & Air Service, to perform a check up on your machine. You don’t want to miss any small issues that will be inexpensive to repair in the short run, but expensive if you wait. Ideally, you want to have your AC system tuned up every six months or so – just to make sure. Plus, a professional can help you troubleshoot your AC when you need it.
- Make sure that you clean out the ductwork – most AC systems have ductwork that snakes behind the walls of your home and brings cool air to each room. If your ductwork is not clean, you may wind up paying more when it comes to monthly utilities. You can clean out your ducts yourself, but you may want to hire a specialized company to do it for you.
- Make sure that you replace the batteries in the thermostat – a low performing thermostat won’t allow you to get the most out of the programmable settings. If your thermostat stops working, you won’t be able to control the temperature at all. In the end, if you have a programmable thermostat, you want to use it – mostly because it will help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint and increase your comfort during the brutally hot summer months.