A cool, air-conditioned room on a hot summer’s day is a beautiful thing. By paying your HVAC system a little attention, you can ensure continued comfort and enjoyment through the season while reducing the costs of cooling your home. Which AC maintenance tasks will help you improve system performance?
Frequent Air Filter Changes
When airflow is obstructed by dust and debris in the filter, your system has to work harder to maintain temperature. This simple maintenance task has a huge impact on the health of your system, reducing energy usage up to 15%. You should replace your filter monthly unless you have a special filter and are otherwise advised by your local AC technician.
A Clear Zone Around Your Outside Unit
Clearing grass, weeds, and debris from the areas surrounding your outside unit once a month during summer when the plants and weeds are growing fast, ensures adequate airflow and better temperature control.
A Smart Thermostat Addition
Smart thermostats are an excellent way to improve comfort while reducing your energy bill. Smart thermostats allow you to set your home to a warmer temperature when away, later shifting to a cooler temperature so you can be comfortable when you return. The best smart thermostats also offer suggestions on how to further reduce energy use.
Clear Drain Lines
Drain lines must be kept clear to ensure optimal performance and comfort. When clogged, moisture collected by your air conditioning system will not be shuttled out of your home, resulting in comfortably humid temperatures and the potential for damaging leaks. To ensure proper flow, check drain lines regularly, clearing mold, mildew, and algae blockages with a wet-dry vac.
Whole House Dehumidifier Maintenance
While your air conditioner does provide some dehumidification, it is not a complete solution. For homes with a whole-house humidifier, performing routine dehumidifier maintenance is crucial to maintaining a comfortable indoor climate and good indoor air quality.
Annual System Maintenance
Your air conditioner is the largest consumer of energy in your home. Routine system maintenance, at least once per year, will pay you back many times, reducing unexpected repair bills and ensuring safe, efficient operation.
Regular System Maintenance Prevents Problems
With routine homeowner maintenance, you can prevent little AC issues from becoming big problems, reducing repair bills and lengthening the lifespan of your system. It also improves system performance, cooling your home faster, and reducing energy use. Having your unit serviced by a professional technician also ensures your warranty is protected in the event of future problems.
Has it been a while since your last maintenance visit? Now is the time to schedule air conditioner service before system failure leaves you sweating an emergency repair bill on the hottest day of summer. Ensure comfort and efficiency all summer long. Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule summer service today.