Did you know that you can reduce your HVAC system use by as much as ten percent by raising or lowering your thermostat? In the summer months, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your home’s temperature at 78 degrees.
Another good way to keep your HVAC usage in check is to maintain the system. A well maintained AC unit will run more efficiently, use less energy and cost less money to run. A properly maintained system will also last longer before needing to be replaced.
Your air conditioner’s filters, coils and fins require regular maintenance to keep your AC unit functioning effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. If you neglect necessary maintenance, you will have a steady decline in air conditioning performance – and your energy usage will steadily increase.
Here are 5 ways to help maintain your air conditioner.
1. Replace or Clean the Filter Once a Month
This is your most important maintenance task to ensure the efficiency of your AC unit. Clogged or dirty filters will block normal airflow and reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner, and it can hinder the air quality in your home. A dirty filter will make your AC unit work harder than it should have to. Airflow through the system will become dustier, and it can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Replacing a dirty or clogged filter with a clean filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.
2. Keep the Coils Clean
Over time, your air conditioner’s coils can become dirty, which reduces the amount of heat they can absorb. That means your AC system has to work harder to keep your home cool. It is important to keep the coils clean to avoid placing any unnecessary strain on your AC system. Start by keeping the area around the condenser unit outside your home clear of any debris. Cut back any shrubs or plants that may be impeding air flow. Wash the unit and clean it with a brush. Do not use a power washer and be careful not the bend or damage the fins on the coil.
3. Regularly Check the Fins
Both the condenser and the evaporator have fins, which can bend over time causing insufficient airflow. Check the fins regularly to make sure they haven’t bent. If the fins have bent, you can use a fin comb or call your professional air conditioning company for help.
4. Inspect the Condensate Drain
The condensate drain allows the condensation created within the AC system to drain outdoors. Over time, the condensate drain can become clogged. If you check your condensate drain and notice that water isn’t draining properly, unclog the obstruction or call your professional air conditioning company for assistance.
5. Schedule Professional Maintenance
To keep your air conditioning system running in top condition, schedule a professional maintenance appointment. During that maintenance appointment, your entire air conditioning system will be cleaned, inspected and tuned to ensure that it is functioning at optimal levels. Regular maintenance appointments are a great way to protect your investment and to keep your AC unit working its best.
Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling for more information or to schedule a professional maintenance appointment. ASAP Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and cooling services to homes and businesses in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding service areas.