5 Useful Tips on How to Take Care of Your AC
Summer is In full force with warm nights and even hotter days. Your AC has worked hard and done its fair share to keep your family comfortable this summer. It’s time you do your part for your air conditioner and check on your unit to make sure it’s running smoothly. The fall temperatures are right around the corner, but your AC is still working hard for you. Give your unit gets the attention it deserves and keeps your family cool and comfortable for years to come. Now is the time to check on your AC and get it the service it needs to help your family keep it’s cool.
It only takes a few simple steps to ensure the longevity of your AC. Taking care of your AC can save you the stress of it breaking when you need it most, and help you gives you a break on your utility bills and energy use. While a DIY tune-up can help you save, remember to always check with the HVAC professionals if you have any questions or concerns, and consult with them on what your AC needs. When it comes a time, booking an HVAC professional to repair your air conditioner can help ensure it stays working to handle our hot Canadian Summers. Don’t get caught in the heat; stay on top of your AC maintenance with these simple tips.
1) Check and Replace Your Filters
Checking your air filters monthly ensures that your air conditioner stays healthy and running. A dirty filter causes your AC to work harder, and are the leading cause of problems with your HVAC. The extra stress on your unit can add up when it comes to bills and later repairs. Check the filters and replace any that are dirty or damaged. Keeping the filters clean saves you money in the long run, as your unit must work harder to compensate for the blockages from the dirty filter, stopping airflow. A dirty filter leads to further problems with your coils and unhealthy airflow in your home. Clean filters ensure there’s clean airflow in your house and helps to reduce your utility bills. A clean filter also puts less stress on your machine and you for the small cost of new filters.
2) Keep it clean
Check on the coils and fins on the outside of your AC unit. Take the time to clear away any leaves or branches from the unit, and take note of any damage from the season. Keep grass and plants around the unit low, and trim any close trees to minimize the threat of damage. Be aware that dirt can build up quickly on the coils and limit the functionality of your air conditioner. Just like the filter, make sure the fins are clean to limit the stress but on your unit, and your wallet. When cleaning is needed, a garden hose and a wet/dry shop vac will do the trick to clean it up. Be gentle while cleaning to prevent any further damage, and always check with a professional if you are unsure. While you’re cleaning the unit, make sure it is level and there is no damage or stress on the hoses. An unlevel unit leads to mould buildup and expensive repairs. If you find any damage, call your HVAC professional as soon as possible to ensure repairs are done right.
3) Inspect the Condensate Drain
The condensate drain allows condensation built up on the inside of your air conditioner to drain properly so your unit won’t rust or mould. The condensation can create a build-up that can clog the drain. If you find water pooling around the furnace while the air conditioner is running, you probably for a clogged condensate drain. Check it regularly and make sure you clear any blockage as soon as you find it or call your HVAC professional for help.
4) Upgrade your Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat to one that is programmable, or being mindful of the temperature you have set it at promotes the longevity of your air conditioner and help you save on bills. Set the temperature higher when you know you are not going to be home for the day. Higher temperatures give your AC a break from working so hard to cool your home and reduces any stress on the machine. Additionally, you get a break on your energy usage and lower utilities. A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperature adjustments to happen automatically, meaning you can set it and forget it!
5) Schedule Regular Maintenance
Keeping on top of regular maintenance your AC needs with your HVAC professional helps your unit last. Even if you regularly check on your unit on your own, having a professional inspect the machine and confirm that everything is running smoothly. Leave it to the professionals to make sure that you have everything you need, and there will be no surprises!
Don’t be caught in the heat; take care of your air conditioner so it can continue to care for you and your family. Simple steps like these and monthly inspections ensure that you do not end up with a bigger problem on your hands. Always contact HVAC professionals for regular maintenance and any questions to ensure that your AC serviced the right way the first time. Don’t be caught, care for your air conditioner and keep your cool all summer long. Call Smile HVAC for air conditioner installation, repair and other services!