When the sweltering months of summer hit, you'll be relying on your home's central air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, air conditioning repairs don't usually come at convenient times, which means you could be stuck with a non-functional AC on the hottest day of the year. And while there's no way to guarantee you won't need any air conditioning repairs this summer, there are some steps you can take to better maintain your AC system and reduce your chances of needing a costly repair.
Schedule a Spring Tune-Up
The single best thing you can do to prolong the life of your home's central air conditioning system is to schedule annual tune-ups and inspections. These tune-ups can help prepare your system for the summer months and help it to run more efficiently. At the same time, inspections can reveal the need for minor repairs that you can complete promptly to avoid more serious (and expensive) repairs down the road.
Trim Back Your Landscaping
If your central AC unit has any shrubs or other landscaping growing around it, make sure you keep these trimmed back away from the unit itself. Overgrown shrubs and plants can block the airflow of your central AC unit, resulting in premature wear and tear. This blockage of airflow can also affect the efficiency of your unit, which can lead to higher energy bills.
Stock Up on Air Filters
Take the time to change your HVAC air filter at least once every couple of months, even during the summer. These air filters play an important role in removing debris and particles from the air you breathe. A dirty or clogged air filter can block airflow to your air conditioning unit, resulting in poor efficiency and long-term mechanical problems.
Insulate Exposed Ductwork
Maximizing your home's energy efficiency can help to reduce the workload of your AC unit and thus cut down on unnecessary wear and tear that can lead to costly repairs or replacement. One of the best (and cheapest) ways to boost the efficiency of not just your AC but your furnace as well is to insulate any exposed ductwork in your home.
These are just a few simple and relatively inexpensive steps you can take to better care for your air conditioning system and avoid unexpected repairs this summer. From there, you can enjoy your summer while staying comfortable in your own home.
Contact an AC maintenance service for more tips.