If you want to save the most energy and want your AC to last longer with fewer repairs, maintenance is the most important thing you can do. Some of the simplest maintenance tasks, like changing filters and weatherizing your AC in winter. will help reduce energy loss and extend the life of your air conditioner. Here are some of the best tips to maintain your AC to save energy and reduce repairs:
1. Changing Filters and Other Simple Maintenance to Improve AC Performance
Changing the filters of your HVAC system is the most important maintenance task throughout the year. Make sure the filter is changed at least once a month, or more often if you want to reduce allergens in the air. In addition, change the filter as seasons change and as you switch from heating and cooling. You will also want to make sure to check that vents are clean and clear of debris that can black them, which can hamper airflow and affect efficiency.
2. Cleaning and Maintaining Outdoor Unit to Extend the Life of Your AC
Throughout the spring, summer and fall, your AC is working full-time to keep your home cool and comfortable. The outdoor unit will collect dust and need small repairs after constant use. Start by turning the main power off to your AC. Clean the outdoor unit with a hose and a cleaning spray for the fins. Be careful to not damage the fins of the condensing coils when using a hose, which should be set to the lowest pressure possible if you are using a garden spray nozzle. Use a knife to carefully bend any damaged fins back in place.
3. Protecting Your AC Through the Winter Months with Weatherization
During the winter months, you will not be using your AC, but it is still vulnerable to wear and damage due to winter weather. If you live in a colder climate, freezing may also be a concern. To protect your AC through the winter months, it is a good idea to weatherize it while you are not using it to cool your home. You will want to clean it, remove water from lines, and cover the unit to protect it from debris and winter weather that can cause damage to the parts.
These are some maintenance tips that will help reduce energy loss and extend the life of your air conditioner. If you need help with maintenance or repairs, contact an AC service like Classic Air and Heating to help ensure your air conditioning is efficient and lasts for years.