Many people have air conditioning in their homes, but most individuals either do not know how to keep their air conditioning systems running smoothly or they do not take the time to make sure everything is in order on a regular basis. Today, we are going to discuss the benefits of maintaining your air conditioning and how you can make sure you and your system stay as healthy as possible. Maintenance is an important part of keeping a healthy home and family.
Change Filters Regularly
One of the most important aspects of an air conditioning system is its air filters. Not only does blockage increase the difficulty your air conditioner has of pushing air through (which can lower the life of your product), but it can also cause dirty air to remain in your home. In order to have an efficient system, it’s important to check filters on a regular basis. Depending on the type of system you have in your home, you may need to replace old filters with brand new ones; while other systems allow you to clean and reuse old filters.
As a general rule of thumb, you should clean or replace your filters at least once every month. If you are using your system constantly then you should check them more often than that. Also, if you have pets, your filters may need to be checked as often as every few weeks, as their fur and dander can clog filters much quicker.
It is also a good idea to check your system as a whole or have a professional come out and take a look. There are simple things that can be done in order for them to check and make sure all of your seals are in order and nothing is backing up your system from performing to its full potential.
Don’t Forget Your Coils and Fins
Whenever you clean your filters, you are doing your coils a huge favor. However, over time, coils must be cleaned as well. When coils become dirty, they are no longer able to allow as much air through and cannot absorb as much heat. Coils typically only need to be cleaned once a year if filters are being cleaned and/or replaced on a regular basis.
Your system’s fins have a tendency to bend over time which leads to less air flow being allowed through. All you need to do is check fins every few months and make sure they look straight. One way to straighten them out quickly is to use a fin comb.
Do Not Use Your System Too Often
Not only does having your air conditioner running constantly cause wear and tear on the system itself but it also is tough on your body. Our bodies are not meant to be exposed to drastic changes between hot and cold on a regular basis. Do your best to only use your air conditioner when it is needed and when you do use it; ease your body into it instead of cranking it up full blast.
An efficient and well-maintained air conditioner can cool your home very quickly and oftentimes, people tend to turn their system on too high and overcool their homes. This is going to put excess wear and tear on your system as well as your wallet.
Preparing for the Warm Months
Before the time of year comes around where you need to use your air conditioner, take a walk around your home and check for places where air may be able to leak out. This means checking all window seals and if you feel a draft, locating the source of the problem. Make sure your home is well insulated so that both hot and cold air can remain inside. The last thing you want to do is end up wasting money on trying to either heat or cool your home because air is escaping.
Why a Professional Should Install Your System
There are many people who have chosen to install their own air conditioning systems into their homes, but at the end of the day, if you want to make sure everything is up and running smoothly; it’s a good idea to have a professional get the job done for you.
At the very least, we advise having someone come out and verify that everything is running properly and that you are not losing any energy along the way. There are many systems these days to choose from and with the economy the way it is, you may want to invest in an energy efficient system, which will save you quite a bit of money in the long run. Even if you do not have the money now, when it comes time to replace your system, it is always a good idea to at least shop around and see what your options are.
James Ben is an expert in the field of home renovation and maintenance. He shares plumbing tips on his blog at Rainaldi’s Plumbing, providers of professional plumbing services.