Using air conditioners and electric fans to stay cool during the summer accounts for nearly 20% of all electricity used in buildings worldwide. With routine HVAC maintenance, you can improve your unit’s energy efficiency and keep it from breaking down.
Without regular maintenance, however, your bills will continue to rise.
Here are a few air conditioning maintenance tips you can use to stay cool during the summer. Read on to improve your air conditioning system today!
Clean the Filters
Before applying these HVAC repair and maintenance tips, prioritize your safety. Start by turning your home’s circuit breaker off. Check the unit’s service panel to turn off power to the condenser as well.
Once the unit is off, make sure to clean your filters. Over time, the filters can get clogged with dust, debris, or pollen. Air will struggle to travel through the filter, affecting the unit’s energy efficiency.
Schedule time to clean or replace your filters twice a year.
Otherwise, dust and other tiny particles will continue circulating throughout your home, affecting the air quality. Over 100 million Americans experience various allergies each year. Improving your home’s air quality can benefit your family’s health and quality of life.
Sweep Up Debris
Step outside to check your AC unit’s exterior. Sweep away any branches, fallen leaves, or debris that have collected around the unit over the winter months. Try to keep a 2-foot perimeter around the unit clean and clear.
Otherwise, fallen debris will keep your HVAC unit from functioning at its best.
Check the Ducts
Check your home’s vents and ducts to ensure they’re clean. Clean the exterior and interior to keep debris, hair, dust, or other particulates from collecting. Cleaning your ducts every few months can improve airflow throughout your home.
Clean the Coils
Clean your unit’s condenser coils. Be gentle to avoid damaging any smaller components.
Take a look at the coolant line, too, which is usually covered with insulation. If you notice the insulation has deteriorated, replace it right away.
Request HVAC Maintenance
You don’t have to apply these HVAC summer maintenance tips alone. Instead, consider requesting preventative maintenance services from your local HVAC company.
Scheduling preventative maintenance services twice a year will ensure your unit is functioning properly. You can get smaller components repaired or replaced as needed before the entire unit breaks down. Your local HVAC technician can also offer recommendations to help you improve the unit’s overall energy efficiency.
Use These Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips
Don’t wait until your AC unit breaks down. Instead, start using these summer air conditioning maintenance tips right away. If you need help, have a professional HVAC maintenance team review your unit.
With regular maintenance, you can save money and enjoy the summer with cool air circulating throughout your home.
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