With the warm season picking up steam, you may be thinking about all the things you’ll need to do before the extreme heat hits. Of all the things that need to be serviced in and around your home, your air conditioner should be near the top of your to-do list. Keeping your air conditioner clean and maintained can save you money on expensive repairs and keep you safe from heatstroke during the summer.
Perhaps the easiest task you can perform yourself is replacing your filters regularly, which ensures optimal efficiency and indoor air quality. Replacing the filter once every month or two during heavy-use seasons will maximize air flow throughout your home and keep dust and allergens from being continuously circulated. Dirty filters can also increase your energy bill. When dust collects on your filter, it prevents cool air from passing through at a consistent pressure. Less cool air is circulated, meaning your A/C has to run longer and work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Changing out your filters can keep you and your wallet happy.
Wear and Tear
Over the course of a year, your air conditioning system is put through quite a bit of use. Nearly continuous summertime usage can lead to wear on certain system components, potentially requiring repairs if left unmaintained. Keeping an eye out for signs of damage in your system can save you money on expensive repairs down the line.
As the heat turns up, prepare your A/C with one of your biannual inspections and tune-ups from an HVAC professional. These inspections typically examine the air conditioner’s condenser coils outside your home, any exposed ducts, coolant lines and more to ensure your A/C is ready to go for summer. If wear and tear or debris blockage is evident, it’s imperative you perform routine maintenance to clean and repair your system before its needed most.
Many homeowners who live in older homes may not consider the effect their thermostat has on their air conditioning system’s efficiency. Dated thermostats often require more effort to maintain a desirable temperature in the home. While you may like it cooler in the afternoon, you also have to remember to turn the air conditioner off or raise the temperature overnight.
Installing a programmable thermostat can cut your energy bill down by adjusting the temperature as you program it. You no longer have to babysit your thermostat to ensure your home stays cool when you’re home and warmer when you’re not, ultimately making your bills more affordable. Installing a programmable thermostat is also an easy upgrade that can add value to your home. Whether through energy savings or resale, a new thermostat can pay for itself in no time.
Stay Cool and Comfortable with Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air
Summer heat means higher energy bills. Make sure your air conditioner is ready to take on the high temperatures with efficiency by scheduling regular maintenance. To receive your free estimate, contact Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air online or call 210-904-2264.