In areas that have hot summers, many homeowners rely heavily on their home's air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable. A new air conditioning unit can cost thousands of dollars, so it is not surprising that most people want to do whatever they can to keep their current air conditioner running for as long as possible. Luckily, there are several things that can be done in order to get as much life out of an air conditioner as possible. Use the following tips to maximize the lifespan of your home's current air conditioner:
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Air conditioning units are quite complicated and contain a number of different parts and components. Like any other complex mechanical device, an air conditioner needs to be properly maintained in order to operate for many years. As a homeowner, it is very important to have your air conditioner tuned up annually by an experienced HVAC technician. Ideally, you should have your air conditioner serviced in the spring before you begin using it regularly over the summer months.
Purchase a Programmable Thermostat
One reason that air conditioners tend to fail early is due to excessive wear and tear from continual operation. If you want to reduce the amount of wear and tear your air conditioning unit experiences, the simplest way to do so is by installing a programmable thermostat in your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to control when your air conditioner runs, as there is no reason to have the air conditioner cool your house when no one is home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set a higher temperature for when the house is empty and have the A/C turn on shortly before you get home.
Change Air Filters
New air filters are quite inexpensive, but many homeowners forget to replace old, dirty air filters with new ones. When you have dirty air filters in place, your air conditioning unit has to work a lot harder, thus creating unnecessary wear and tear on the various components. Take a couple of minutes to check your air filters every few weeks and promptly change them if they are full of dirt and debris.
Protect Outdoor A/C Unit
Most people don't think about their outdoor A/C unit very often, but there are a few things that you can do outside that can help make your air conditioner last longer. First, always keep plants and shrubs trimmed back; if there is foliage too near the unit, it reduces airflow and puts stress on the air conditioner. You should try to keep your outdoor air conditioning unit shaded, if possible, so it does not heat up in the afternoon sun and need to work harder to create cold air.Share
6 June 2018
So many of us make the mistake of assuming the air conditioning system is up and ready to go without having to do anything after a long winter. Unfortunately, oftentimes, this isn't the case. You know how I know that air conditioning systems need pre-summer maintenance? Well, I know because I broke my air conditioning unit trying to use it without even looking at it before starring it up for the first time. It was that moment that I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way. My blog will walk you through getting your air conditioner ready for summer without the expensive lesson that I had to learn.