Given the hot summers in Michigan, most homeowners run their air conditioners until late September. However, did you know that neglecting air conditioner maintenance can cost you in the long run? Fortunately, our HVAC contractors can help you catch small issues before they turn into an expensive air conditioning repair. Air conditioning service will also ensure that your unit runs efficiently, saving you money in the long run on energy bills.
Continue reading to learn our 5 tips for air conditioner maintenance.
1.) CHANGE AIR CONDITIONER FILTERS
Like the name suggests, air conditioner filters are responsible for filtering out dust and other airborne allergens. However, the filter can’t do its job if it’s already clogged. A dirty filter blocks air flow and forces your air conditioner to work harder to produce the same amount of cool air. Change the air filter if you notice a lot of dust, pet hair, pollen, and other contaminants.
We recommend you check the filters every month. Don’t be surprised if you have to replace your filters more often during the cooling season. Changing an air conditioner filter is simple enough that you can do it yourself without calling a HVAC technician. A clean filter improves indoor air quality and prolongs the life of your air conditioner.
2.) CLEAR DEBRIS FROM THE OUTDOOR UNIT
The outdoor AC unit needs to be cleared of anything that could be blocking the heat transfer needed to cool your home. During the autumn, it’s not uncommon for fallen leaves to cover your AC unit. Likewise, make sure the AC unit is clear of grass clippings after mowing your lawn.
When debris blocks the outdoor air conditioning unit, the system uses more energy to produce the same amount of cool air. The energy efficiency and lifespan of your air conditioner decreases when it’s forced to work so hard. To save money on your next energy bill, make sure nothing is blocking the outdoor unit.
3.) CLOSE BLINDS AND RUN FANS
We recommend keeping the blinds closed during the hottest part of the day when the sun reaches its peak. The heat carried by sunrays can quickly heat up your home and make it uncomfortable during the summer months.
Fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home to create a wind chill effect. If you live in a two-story house, you’ll want to place extra fans on the second floor. Fans can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature during the summer while reducing stress on your air conditioning unit.
4.) OPEN WINDOWS ON COOL DAYS
Your air conditioner will last longer if you only use it on hot days. When the temperature is cool outside, shut off the AC and open up all the windows. The cool fresh air will help you save money that you would have otherwise spent on running your air conditioner.
During early summer, you may be able to get away with leaving the windows open in the mornings and evenings. However, the opportunities to let in cool fresh air quickly fade by the time summer arrives.
5.) INVEST IN AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE
No homeowner wants to pay for premature air conditioning replacement, which is why we recommend investing in maintenance. Our HVAC contractors will be able to catch minor issues before they grow into expensive repairs. Air conditioners that receive regular maintenance run efficiently and last longer.
Our Lansing HVAC contractors work hard to earn your business by offering air conditioner maintenance and other residential services. To schedule air conditioning service, call A1 Mechanical at (517) 272-8629.