It’s no surprise that living in Palm City, Florida has us running our air conditioners nearly 24/7, 365 days a year. With an average of 88 degrees, it’s refreshing to kick back in a cooler, dryer climate with you driving the thermal regulation in your own home. As an owner of a wholesale air conditioner, you know that it’s an essential investment that comes with regular and simple upkeep in order to avoid AC replacement. Follow our top monthly tips to keep your air conditioner running longer and more efficiently during the Summer.
Check your air filter every 3-6 weeks
Perhaps the easiest step, but often the most forgotten. Remember that your air conditioner is different from a fan. Rather than blowing the air around in your home to create a cooling breeze, full of pet dander, dust and whatever the wind carried through in between your passing’s, an air conditioner filters out all those miscellaneous specks to provide your lungs with clean air. Inevitably, filters need to be changed on a regular basis. How often you should check you air filter depends how many-and what type of-occupants live under your roof. The more pets, the more you should change it. Keep a few filters on hand to keep your life a little simpler.
Take a look at your ductwork
Surprised to see a top tip about AC maintenance that doesn’t, um, actually have to do with your air conditioner? Don’t be! Half of an air conditioner’s success (if not more) is how it’s environment is prepared or not prepared. If you have an attic or crawl space, go all in by searching for tears in the protective coating of your home’s ductwork. Keep an eye out for exposed or damaged points on the insulation and promptly patch up anything that needs attention. It is easy to burn through an air conditioner’s efficiency when there are issues with a home’s ductwork.
How’s your outside condenser?
Depending on what kind of air conditioner you have, you will need to keep your outside condenser in check every month. This is the component of your AC system that is literally outside. Similar to checking your filter, the condenser needs to be free from potential damage. Clear away any debris, leaves or plants that could get caught inside the fan, effectively blocking airflow and efficiency. This is one of the most common mishaps of air conditioner troubles mid-Summer. A good rule of thumb is to keep your Condenser one to three feet away from any trees or plants.
Rinse your Condenser
Have I mentioned safety yet? No? Now’s a good time: when caring for your air conditioner remember, safety first! Rinsing your condenser once a month during Summer ensures a well running air conditioner. Just make sure that your air conditioner is certainly, absolutely, no doubt about it OFF from start to finish of this wet task.
Cross your t’s and dot your i’s
Keep your dryer filter and stove fan clean. As you’re aware, air conditioners give you filtered, clean and cool air. To help your system’s effectiveness, be kind and clean your other appliances who also filter air in your home. Stove hoods collect cooking debris that over time shed into the air of your home, as does lint collecting in your dryer. With the added pressures of Summer in your home, it’s better to be clean and cool than dirty and hot.
Happy Summer and happy cooling!