Every home requires a degree of regular maintenance. While some maintenance problems can be quite costly, it’s entirely possible to reduce the risk of big costs by taking care of your home’s appliances throughout the year. In particular, it’s important to take care of your air conditioner unit as it is one of the most used and most ignored appliances in your home. Here are four easy ways you can cut back on the cost of air conditioning maintenance.
Keep It Clean
Your air conditioner works to pull air in, cool it, and distribute it throughout your home. So naturally any particles in the air are going to end up in your air conditioning and ventilation systems. When those particles build up on your system’s air filter and vents, it can make it harder for your unit to do its job.
Help make your air conditioning unit’s life easier by keeping air filters and vents clean and unobstructed. Replace air filters regularly. If you have pets or live in an area that is has a lot of debris or pollen in the air, you will need to clean your air filters and vents more often. Start by cleaning your filters and vents every two months. If you notice that things are staying clean, it’s OK to lengthen the time between cleanings.
Check for Leaks
Maintaining the interior temperature of your home can be difficult if air is frequently escaping into the neighborhood. When you have gaps in your insulation, leaks in your windows or door jams, and leaks around your air conditioning unit itself, your unit will work harder to keep your home cool. This can mean that your unit will need maintenance sooner.
Make it easier on your air conditioner by checking the insulation in your attic, the seals around windows and doors, and for any air leaks around your air conditioner and furnace. You can also use curtains and blinds to keep your home cooler longer.
Leave It Alone
If there are multiple people in the home or if the weather is particularly brutal, it’s not uncommon for the thermostat to be changed frequently. However, this means that your air conditioner has to work hard to meet the thermostat’s demands every time a change is made. Instead, pick a comfortable temperature for inside your home and leave your thermostat on that temperature. Once your home is comfortable, turn off your AC unit and give it a break.
If you notice that your home isn’t staying at your preferred temperature for very long or that your air conditioning unit is on but the temperature isn’t changing inside, it may be time to call your repair service. In fact, it’s better to have routine tune-ups to check for and prevent problems than to wait until your entire unit goes belly up. A properly maintained unit can last longer and serve you better over time.
Everyone loves to stay cool in the summer time. But no one likes to pay for costly air conditioning repairs. By using these four tips, you can make sure your air conditioning has a long, easy life and takes care of you and your loved ones low-cost.