Managing Your HVAC System

Three Things You Should Do To Care For Your Air Conditioner

If you rely on your home's air conditioner to keep your family comfortable all summer long, you should probably learn how to take care of it. The lifetime of any air conditioning unit will vary depending on how well it is maintained and a number of other factors. You don't have to have a lot of technical background to take care of the systems in your home. To avoid full replacement and other large-scale repairs, here are three things you can learn to do for your HVAC in your home.

Change Filters Regularly

Changing the air filter in your home is necessary for a few reasons. Air needs to pass through the system easily to avoid putting extra strain on the air conditioning unit. Air filters become clogged over time with the hair, dirt, and dander that are present in the home. Replacing the filters will help keep air cleaner and can help you avoid some extra allergens. All you need to do is locate the air filter insert point in your home. You can look up the model number on the air conditioning unit and do a simple internet search to see where you place the filters. You can also find videos that should you how to do it and how often it needs to be done. 

Cover The Unit During Winter

Your air conditioning unit is often in the backyard or side yard of your residence. If you live in a region that doesn't need air conditioning year-round, you should winterize it. When you are all done with your air conditioning for the season, purchase a cover that fits over the unit and make sure it is secure. Protecting the unit from the dirt and leaves that can blow around all fall and winter can help extend the life of your unit.

Spring Cleaning

When you uncover your air condition unit, it's time to spray it down. You can use a hose to spray it down and it will run more efficiently. When the vents and fan in the air conditioner are free and clear, your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard to cool things off. You can feel the difference in how quickly your home cools and see it reflected in your utility bills. 

Take these steps and learn to maintain your air conditioner. If your unit is having issues, it's time to call an HVAC contractor for air conditioner repair. Find someone that comes highly recommended and that might take the time to show you other ways you can care for it.

Contact an air conditioning service today to learn more.