Tips to Extend the life of your AC

Jul 23, 2021 | Air Conditioner

Residential air conditioning units are built to last and provide our homes with cool air for a long time. Nevertheless, even the best A/C equipment isn’t going to last forever. To make an air conditioning unit last as long as possible, there are certain steps a homeowner can take to prolong their lifespan and optimize energy efficiency. In this week’s blog, our NATE-certified AC technicians at Washington Court House Heating & Cooling list several steps to help you keep your home cooling system running well for as long as possible.

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1. Only Do Business With A Certified HVAC Company

Our first tip is pretty straightforward. Because air conditioning units are expensive systems that are like investments that affect your home, you really shouldn’t take any chances with them. Air conditioners are built with electrical and mechanical components that need to work seamlessly together with intricate cohesion. If a repair is done and there’s something amiss — which can be the case often when a homeowner hires someone inexperienced or works on their own A/C — the whole system can break down. It can also cause serious damage that’s expensive. Because of this, A/C work is best left to trained technicians who know what they’re doing and stand behind their work.

2. Keep Up With AC Maintenance

We say this a lot. And yet, we can never over-emphasize it. Staying consistent with air conditioner maintenance gives you a wide range of benefits that will actually save you money in the long run and help you avoid discomfort and headaches. A/C parts tend to wear out from season to season. Eventually, if not taken care of, they can fail. By keeping up with maintenance, we can make repairs that will prolong the life of your entire system. Moreover, maintenance ensures your unit is operating efficiently throughout the summer, which saves you hard-earned money on cooling costs and helps you avoid the sudden need for a full air conditioner replacement.

3. Check System’s Airflow 

Adequate airflow is crucial when it comes to any sort of HVAC system.

With this in mind, keep an eye on the air vents in your home, as this is where the cool air comes out from your air conditioning system. Over time, these vents can become blocked if you aren’t checking them or keeping them clean. Common culprits include furniture, wall coverings and appliances. These types of blockages not only increase the indoor temperature but they also cause the A/C unit to work harder than necessary.

4. Keep A/C Clean

Air conditioning systems sit quietly outside our homes. They need space!

Always make sure there’s at least a few feet of clear space around your outdoor unit when it’s being used. If shrubs, trees, plants or other landscaping items get too close, it’s not good. Because of this, you should keep them back and trim any growth so they don’t grow into the unit and cause airflow problems during the summer. The less obstruction you have in this surrounding area, the longer the entire system will run and the better.

5. Turn Extra Electronics Off

Not only does turning off unused appliances and other electronics help reduce your electricity consumption, but it also helps keep your home cooler in the summer. This is because electronics like clothing dryers, computers, TV, screens and other appliances give off heat. During the summer, the air conditioner has to run more to compensate.

6. Replace Your Air Filter Often

We’ve already touched on how essential proper airflow is. Along these same lines, a clean air filter goes a long way to enable proper air circulation throughout the house. With proper air circulation, the sensors on our air conditioning systems kick on as needed instead of in short time frames. Air filters need to be free of blockage also so the internal parts don’t end up coated with dust and dirt. In this way, air filters allow for proper mechanical malfunction. Ideally, they should be checked about once a month or every other month during the summer and they might end up needing changed just as often depending on your air quality.

7. Utilize Window Coverings

It should be no secret that the sunlight coming into your home makes it warmer. One can observe this effect merely standing in a window with the sunlight coming in directly. Because uncovered windows allow heat to enter the home or business, it’s a good idea to counteract this to save on cooling costs. One suggestion would be to Install blinds or use curtains and shades to cover the window during daytime hours rather than relying solely on the air conditioner to cool the dwelling. You can also consider window tint.

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