A top-notch, efficient air conditioning system is vital for any home—especially during those hot summer months. All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning not only offers an array of top-notch, licensed Air Conditioning Installation services but also wants to empower homeowners with some practical tips for maintaining their systems efficiently.
Firstly, it’s crucial to ensure your air conditioner’s filters are clean. Dirty filters can block normal airflow, significantly decreasing your system’s efficiency. They can also allow dirt to bypass the filter and impair the evaporator coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty or clogged filter can reduce your AC’s energy consumption by 5%-15%.
Secondly, air conditioner coils can also collect dirt over time. This dirt can reduce airflow and insulate the coil, hindering its ability to absorb heat. To prevent this, check your evaporator coil yearly and clean it as necessary.
Outdoor condenser coils can become dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or has foliage nearby. You can see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins. To keep it clean, minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. For instance, clean the area around the coil, remove debris, and trim foliage back at least 2 feet to allow adequate airflow around the condenser.
Other maintenance activities include ensuring your window seals are secure—this prevents cool air from escaping. Also, during winter, you must cover your room air conditioner or remove and store it.
While DIY maintenance tips are handy, there are some tasks better left to licensed professionals. For example, before each cooling season, it’s recommended to get a professional tune-up. This process includes checking the amount of refrigerant, testing for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector, capturing any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, inspecting and sealing duct leakage, and verifying the correct electric control sequence, among other tasks. These technical aspects require hands-on expertise to ensure your air conditioning system is running optimally.
That’s where All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning comes into play. Not only do we take care of these professional tasks, but we’re dedicated to empowering homeowners with DIY knowledge—ensuring the best possible care for your air conditioning system.
Whether you need a licensed air conditioning installation or some insightful DIY tips, we are here for you. Remember, proper AC maintenance doesn’t only prevent breakdowns; it also extends the life of your system, saving you money in the long run.