Air conditioning maintenance might sound like a nuisance, but it reduces the likelihood of breakdowns or a drop in air quality. The good news is that keeping your air conditioning system performing optimally doesn’t take too much time.
There are a few easy and effective steps you can take towards maintaining your air conditioner in its best condition.
Replace Your Air Filter Every Couple of Months
Check your filter to see whether or not it’s clean. If you neglect to replace it, a dirty air filter lessens the air quality and forces your system to work even harder to overcome the blockages. It causes a drop off in heating and cooling efficiency and a rise in operating cost. A neglected filter can even cause extensive damage to the HVAC system, which is costly to repair. Instead, keep a spare handy or go pick one up, and ensure the air you’re breathing stays clean and cool. Set a calendar reminder on your phone for every 2-3 months.
Clean Your Vents and Coils
Dust and dirt can build up around the unit and cause blockages. Turn the machine on and off, and pay attention to any place that doesn’t sound or feel right. A soapy scrub goes a long way to removing the clutter and doesn’t take too much time or effort.
Remove Any Debris or Invasive Plants
Plants can grow around your outdoor unit and also cause blockages. Leaves, pollen, sticks and grass clippings have a habit of clogging the flow, so make sure to remove those regularly. Trim any surrounding bushes or shrubs and give the unit a clear 2-foot radius for best results.
Check Your Ducts for Any Leaks
Inspect the ductwork and insulation in your home for any tears or leaks. Your ducts distribute the air throughout your home, so it won’t flow properly if the duct is ripped somewhere. If conditioned air is escaping through a tear or the insulation isn’t functioning properly, your machine will be working harder and less effectively.
At least twice per year, have a professional provide a thorough inspection of your equipment. This one is the easiest. All you have to do is make a phone call!
Maintaining your machinery doesn’t require long hours or heavy lifting, but a little care goes a long way. A system operating efficiently provides the lowest cost and the highest air quality, while the cost of replacing your entire system after a malfunction caused by neglect will end up costing much more, and will delay the enjoyment of conditioned air quality. Every so often, set a reminder to check your air conditioning system. Then, sit back in comfort and reap the rewards.