Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner with these 4 Tips
Air conditioners work hard all summer, so they should be compensated with a bit of maintenance. Maintenance can improve efficiency, help you avoid a costly air conditioning repair, keep your system in peak condition and extend its life. Just keep the few tips below in mind, and remember to call the pros at Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning when your air conditioner needs routine maintenance or repairs.
Ensure the Air is Flowing
The areas around each vent should be clear of debris, furniture and other items. Outlets and return air grilles shouldn’t be blocked by anything that could hinder airflow. For example, long drapes could prevent air from flowing properly into a room. Additionally, check for dust and grime build up, vacuum and clean the vents routinely and make sure dampers are open completely.
Program Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are highly effective at saving money and energy. Set points can make your A/C run while you’re home and shut down while you’re out. This will maximize your unit’s energy output and help lower energy bills. Set points can also set the temperature higher at night when it’s cooler, so there’s no need to constantly adjust the thermostat. This way, your unit won’t have to work hard to get the job done, thus keeping it strong for a long time.
Change the Air Filters
Changing your air filters regularly is essential to extending the life of your air conditioner. Dirty or clogged filters can negatively impact your unit’s mechanical components and equipment, cause irreparable damage, lower its energy efficiency and cause your A/C to work harder. You should call our team of pros for a filter change at least twice a year – once during fall maintenance on your furnace, and once during spring maintenance on your air conditioner. Dust and dander will build up during the fall and winter, while pollen and dander will build up during the spring and summer, which could all lead to clogging.
Practice Preventative Maintenance
Your air conditioner should be tuned up by a professional every spring. Professional maintenance is the most effective way to make your equipment and unit last longer and prevent a potentially costly air conditioning repair. Additionally, it could increase energy efficiency and help you save up to 20% on your energy bills. Just enlist the help of a service you can trust, like Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning, and that yearly maintenance will save your time, money and air conditioner.