Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioning System Running Smoothly

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How efficient is your air conditioning system? The key to long-lasting air conditioning performance is to keep your system working efficiently. With a little attention to details, you can minimize your need for air conditioning repairs and enjoy pleasant temperatures all day and night.

Minimize Your Wear and Tear on Your Air Conditioning

The more you use your air conditioner, the more wear and tear you put on the system. If you start by choosing the right thermostat settings, you will keep your unit from overworking and you will enjoy reliable air conditioning when you need it most. The lower the setting, the more your air conditioning unit has to work.

Notice how the air temperature really feels. Ideally, you want to find a setting that is cool enough without overloading your air conditioning system. The Department of Energy recommends setting your summer thermostat to 78 degrees when you are at home. Every degree, higher or lower, makes a difference in your energy use, along with wear and tear on your system.

A ceiling or floor fan can help circulate cool air. You don’t need to keep fans running throughout an empty house. Just focus on the room you are in.

Raise the thermostat setting when you are away from home, even during the day. Look for gaps in windows or openings in walls that let heat in and cold air out. Even small openings make your air conditioning unit work harder. Close up those gaps.

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit Clean

Anytime dirt gets into an air conditioner system, you lose efficiency. Your air conditioning unit has to work harder to take in air. If you take regular steps to keep your system clean, your air conditioner will work efficiently. This is a simple, yet often overlooked way to minimize repairs.

When your air conditioner is working well, it’s easy to forget about it. Until it stops working, when you need it most. It’s important that you schedule regular times to check the air intake for debris. This includes cleaning and changing your filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

You will also want to be sure your outside unit isn’t blocked or clogged by leaves, branches, or dead lizards or frogs – yes, it happens. If your outdoor unit needs cleaning, a professional can help you do it safely and efficiently.

With cleaner air flow, your system’s efficiency will greatly increase. You will enjoy cool, clean air with less worry about repairs.

Schedule Your Yearly Maintenance

Simple adjustments – like raising the thermostat temperature or changing your filter – can keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly. But sometimes problems occur inside the system. Finding out about trouble spots before they get worse can save you money on repairs and utility bills.

A yearly inspection allows an air conditioning professional to check every part of your system, to be sure it’s in good repair and working efficiently. Minor or potential problems can be identified and repaired. Fine-tuning now can prevent problems later on.

If you take these simple steps, you can enjoy your air conditioning unit and keep it working at its best.

If you do need repairs, please call Paschall Plumbing, Heating & Air!