As the weather heats up, your AC system will work overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. As the temperatures start to rise, now is the perfect time to follow some of the best tips for maintaining your AC system. After all, you don’t want to be left sweltering in the heat when the mercury starts to soar!
The good news is that you can do a few simple things to maintain your AC system and help keep your energy costs down.
Schedule Yearly Maintenance Checks
One of the best things you can do to keep your AC system running efficiently is to have it checked by a professional once a year. A certified technician will be able to identify any potential problems and fix them before they turn into more extensive, more expensive repairs. They will also be able to clean the system and ensure all the parts are working correctly. Not sure when the last time you serviced your AC system was? Check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for more information.
Replace or Clean Your Filters Regularly
Another easy way to keep your AC system running is to regularly replace or clean the filters. Most filters should be replaced every three months, but depending on your filter type, you may need to do it more or less often. Not sure how often to replace your filters? Check the manufacturer’s recommendations or ask a professional during your yearly maintenance check.
Keep Your Vents Unobstructed
Your vents play an essential role in the efficiency of your AC system, so it’s important to keep them unobstructed and clear of any furniture, window treatments, or other objects. If the airflow is restricted, it can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, which wastes energy and drives up your utility bills.
Use A Programmable Thermostat
One of the best ways to save money on cooling costs is to invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you set different temperatures for various times of the day, so you’re not cooling an empty house at work or school. You can also set it to raise the temperature when everyone is asleep, so everyone stays comfortable without running up your energy bill.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clear of Debris
Your AC system has two parts – an indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor unit contains condenser coils, which are responsible for dissipating heat. If these coils become clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, they won’t be able to do their job correctly, and your AC system will have to work overtime to cool your home – which can lead to expensive repairs.
To prevent this, clear away any debris that might have accumulated around your outdoor unit over the winter months. Once a month or so should do the trick!
Install a Booster Fan
If you have rooms in your home that always seem to be a bit warmer, a booster fan can help improve air circulation and even the temperature. Additional cooling for rooms is provided via an in-line duct booster. Close to the outlet, the fan is installed. It will start automatically once the cooling system is functioning.
Ventilating or registering booster fans is the alternative. Install these fans over or in place of ceiling, floor, or wall registers.
Check for Leaks
Another potential problem that can cause your AC system to work overtime is leaks in your ductwork. These leaks can cause cool air to escape, making it harder for your system to keep your home cool. Hold a piece of tissue paper up to each vent to check for leaks. If the tissue flutters, you have a leak that needs to be sealed.
Manage A Noisy AC System
If your AC system is making strange noises, it could signal something is wrong. If you hear banging, clicking, or humming, it could indicate that a part is loose or worn out and needs to be repaired or replaced. If you hear whistling, it could signify a leak in your ductwork. If you hear gurgling, it could be a sign of water damage. No matter what the noise is, it’s always best to have a professional take a look to diagnose and solve the problem.
Consider A Whole-House Fan
A whole-house fan may be a better option than an AC system if you live in a climate that doesn’t get too hot. Whole-house fans pull cool air in from open windows and circulate it throughout your home. They’re much less expensive to operate than AC systems and can provide a gentle, cooling breeze on warm days.
Hang Insulation Curtains
Another way to keep cool air from escaping your home is to hang insulation curtains over your windows. These curtains are made from a unique material that reflects heat, so they can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Deep Clean Your AC Unit
Over time, your AC unit can become clogged with dust, dirt, and debris. It can cause it to work harder than it needs to and shorten its lifespan. To keep it running efficiently, deep clean your AC unit at least once a year.
Repair a Sinking Home AC Pad
If your home’s AC unit is sitting on a pad that has sunken over time, it can strain the unit and cause it to work harder than it needs to. To prevent this from happening, level the pad when you first notice it sinking.
Following these simple tips can help ensure that your AC system is up for the challenge of keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Start maintaining your system today!
If you have questions about maintaining your AC system or want to schedule a tune-up, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re always happy to help!