Keeping your air conditioner running well

Heating and air conditioning systems are a big part of your home’s comfort. Plus, these systems are usually expensive to install and replace. Therefore, you want to do everything in your power to take care of your air conditioner so that it will last as long as possible.

Besides your personal comfort level and the impact fixing a broken air conditioner will have on your wallet, there are even more benefits to maintaining your air conditioner. It will reduce the amount of harmful toxins released into the air, and it will also keep your energy bill from soaring.

Here are the steps you can take to keep your air conditioner running well all summer long!

Keep an eye on the filters.

Some systems require replacement filters, while others have washable filters. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how often this should be done in order to keep your unit in perfect working order. Always use the recommended size and type of filters for maximum efficiency.

Clean up around the unit.

Objects and debris near your outdoor air conditioner can obstruct its air flow and make it work harder than it has to. This means that your home won’t get as cool as you want it to and your energy bill will be higher than it should be because the unit is working extra hard.

Clean the unit itself.

Dust and dirt on the inside of the unit can have the same effect as objects crowding it on the outside. Turn the air conditioner’s power off, open it up and vacuum out any dirt or dust that you can see. Wipe down fan blades and remove any large debris that may have worked its way in.

Run it at the ideal temperature.

Experts agree that 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for air conditioner efficiency and productivity. You may like it much cooler in your home, but think of all the money you’ll be saving on your energy bill! Furthermore, for every degree above 78 (on a cool setting), you will save up to 10 percent more!

Get it checked out by a pro.

Just like your car should get an annual tune-up, so should your air conditioner. Having a professional come out and check the fluids and see if there are any minor issues that can be fixed quickly and easily is probably the simplest way to keep your air conditioner working perfectly.

Help it out.

There are plenty of things you can do that will take the pressure off of your air conditioning unit:

  • Run ceiling fans on low to keep the cool air that’s already inside circulating around the house.
  • Create shade indoors and outdoors to keep the sun from overheating your house. Plant fast-growing trees or install blinds or blackout curtains.
  • Shut doors as soon as you walk in or out of the house to keep hot air from entering with you.

Check the duct work to make sure all of your cool air isn’t getting lost in the walls of your home.