28 Sep 3 Ways to Maintain Your Air Conditioner, so it Works Next Summer
Often the end of summer sneaks up on us and before you know it, we are planning for the fall months. While you still have some time to soak in the hot summer days, it’s important to make sure you maintain your air conditioner, so it’s in great condition for next summer. The U.S. government’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey found that nearly 90% of American households have air conditioning of some sort. With a huge majority of our population using A/C to keep their homes cool, it’s important to keep in mind what to do to maintain these systems.
Like other household appliances, the more maintenance and care you give your air conditioner, the longer it will last. Here are a few ways you can maintain your A/C so you can keep it operating smoothly and efficiently. If you work to prolong the life of your system, your potential savings over time could be significant!
One great way to maintain your air conditioner is by cleaning the filters
The more dirt built up in your filter, the harder your unit has to work. By keeping your air filters clean throughout the year, you impact the efficiency and prolong the life of your A/C. Cleaning your filter is an easy fix that you can add to the calendar and regularly do at home. You should take the steps to avoid clogged and dirty filters as they obstruct your airflow. Having dirty filters can drive your energy consumption up by 5-15%. A rule of thumb is to check these filters every 30 days.
You should also be mindful of debris around the outside unit
A lot of air conditioning units live outside our homes under decks, on patios, and even on roofs. Nature is constantly blowing dirt and debris all over these units and you should make sure to keep the area around your A/C clean. Ensuring the area around your unit is clean is a great way to protect it and keep it running efficiently. It doesn’t take much to clean the area around your A/C so grab a broom or water hose and simply clear off the area every few weeks. You should aim to keep the 2-3 feet around your unit clear for proper airflow and care.
If your unit comes with a cover, make sure to put it on before winter weather hits. Winter can be harsh, and a cover does wonders for protecting your air conditioner during these unforgiving months. This is a great way to maintain your air conditioner and keep it safe until the warm summer months return.
Clean your air conditioner coils
Similar to how you need to clean the filters, the air conditioner coils collect dirt over time and need attention. The most important reason to keep your coils clean is that airflow is key to extend the life of your unit. Regular cleaning can help keep airflow moving and ensure your air conditioner is clean, efficient, and ready for the next heatwave. Using a garden hose for pesky residue or cloth for dust can both be great ways to clean the coils.
These are all tips and tricks you can do at home to help in maintaining your air conditioner effectively for many years. While these are all very helpful, making sure to keep a schedule with a professional air conditioning company to do routine maintenance can help detect any potential problems and ensure you’re doing all you can to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. With an air conditioning service plan from OSI Comfort Specialists, we provide annual maintenance and inspection to give you peace of mind and extend the life of your unit. To discuss your air conditioning needs in the Long Island area, give us a call at 516-763-1400 today.