Along with spring comes the annual spring cleaning. So when you’re conquering cluttered closets and attacking ancient attics, remember that they shouldn’t be the only things on the to-do list: your heating and cooling system needs attention too. Since proper up-keep can increase a system’s efficiency and therefore decrease electricity bills, cleaning your system can save money.
Preventative maintenance inspections are the best way to reveal air leaks, rust, corrosion and dust build-up in your air conditioning system. A properly maintained unit will have increased efficiency and can decrease energy bills because it’s not working as hard to keep you comfortable. In this economy every penny counts, so while a properly maintained unit can keep you comfortable, a maintained AC unit also helps reduce costs in utility bills.
When an air conditioner is turned on after sitting around all winter, water may be produced in the form of condensation on cool indoor coils, and drains from these coils can become blocked from dust and algae growth. A blocked drain can cause flooding or water damage in the area surrounding your indoor unit. Often preventable complications can cause major equipment malfunctions.
To keep your air conditioner unit in excellent condition, follow these five tips:
1. Clean or replace air filters regularly to help the AC unit run more efficiently.
2. Open vents in all rooms – closing them could restrict air flow and cause system malfunctions.
3. Remove shrubs, grass and leaves from the condenser coil and within three feet of outside unit.
4. Install a programmable thermostat – it automatically changes the temperature when away or asleep.
5. Inspect and caulk windows and doors annually where needed. This can help your system to maintain a more even temperature.
To avoid equipment malfunctions and other headaches, homeowners should hire a professional technician to perform a tune-up on their air conditioner, which includes examining ductwork, checking the refrigerant level and tightening the wiring connections. This is also a good time to check your home’s safety equipment to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
Avoid the annual headache with spring cleaning and reap the benefits of spring savings instead.