When it’s hazy, hot, and humid outside, you want a cool and refreshing retreat inside. Make sure your house is the coolest on the block by properly maintaining your AC unit. Here are a few simple steps to keep it running well:
Change the Filters Monthly: This may seem like a no-brainer, but this is the most neglected AC maintenance item, and also causes the most problems! Many people don’t keep AC filters around and thus, forget to replace them. Consider buying a case of filters so you always have them on hand and are less likely to neglect replacement.
Clean the Outside Condensing Unit Monthly: Keep the unit clear of debris and junk. Try to rinse the condensing unit every time you cut the grass. Many people try to landscape around the outdoor condenser, however manufacturers of HVAC equipment have specific clearance guidelines to make sure the unit functions properly. They typically recommend at least 12 to 18 inches of clearance on all four sides of the central condensing unit, and at least 3 to 6 feet of clearance on the top or fan-side.
Install Ceiling Fans: Closing off rooms and shutting their vents is not an effective way to save on energy costs, it actually creates a pocket of WARM air in the central duct system, increasing the risk for moisture inside your attic, crawlspace, or wall, whichever is nearest to the closed vent. Install ceiling fans to move the air inside your home. Add a fan to each room to help your AC system operate more efficiently!
Service the Unit Twice a Year: Servicing the unit twice a year will keep it running at its peak and extend the life of your equipment. It can be difficult to justify the expense, but for about $120 a year you can maintain your AC system. An AC tune-up is generally a full system checkup twice a year, in the spring and fall. In the spring, the technician will inspect and clean the entire air conditioning system and alert you to any potential issues. In the fall, they will inspect the furnace.