An efficient A/C unit can be a lifesaver in the summer months, but the maintenance required to keep a unit running smoothly is easily neglected. In this post, we’ll look at AC maintenance tips you can employ in your home or business to ensure maximum cooling efficiency!
These simple steps can save you sweat, tears, time and utility costs:
- Change filters regularly
A dirty or clogged filter puts unnecessary strain on your A/C unit. Some units require filter changes once a month, while others have reusable filters that need to be cleaned. Keeping filters clean or replacing them can save you money and extend the life of your unit.
- Adjust your thermostat
Consider setting your unit to a higher temperature when you are away from the home for long periods during the day. The less time your unit has to work during the day, the longer it will last. Many modern thermostats enable you to pre-program your A/C unit’s schedule to match your own.
- Check ductwork/open spaces
You’ll want to ensure any open spaces, such as those surrounding doors and windows, are properly sealed in order to help efficiently cool your home. It’s also a good idea to ensure your ductwork is sealed correctly, otherwise cool air might escape before ever making it into your home!
- Keep coils clean
Keep your A/C coils (on the outside of your unit) clear of obstructions like leaves and other debris. This can be done with a regular garden hose and a broom. Additionally, ensure any surrounding shrubbery is trimmed, allowing enough space for the unit to properly function.
- Schedule a tune-up!
Scheduling an annual tune-up with an HVAC professional can go a long way toward keeping your unit in great condition in the long run. An annual tune-up includes essential maintenance like filter checks, a refrigerant charge (if necessary), clearing and cleaning the condensate drain line and a thorough cleaning of the unit.
Kinkaid has proudly served Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia and Chester Counties since 1917. We offer residential and commercial installation, maintenance and repair on all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Kinkaid is now offering $25 off on a spring tune-up, contact us to get started today!