How to Maintain Your AC This Summer

This time of the year in the Chicagoland area having functional air conditioner is not just a quality of life matter, it’s a safety matter. Because ACs have to work so much harder in the summertime, this is also when they tend to break.

Here are five tips for keeping your air conditioner in peak operating condition this summer:

1. Change the air filter

Changing the air filter is one of the easiest things you can to improve the operation of your HVAC system, and yet, because it’s a small task and easy to forget. Ideally, you want to be changing your HVAC filter every 3 months, roughly once per season. Changing the filter improves the air quality in your home, but it also make the blower of your AC work less hard because the air doesn’t have to pass through a clogged filter.

2. Remove debris from the external condenser

You know the big box outside your home with a fan on it? It’s an integral part of your air conditioning system. Because of the open nature of the box, it’s normal for debris like dried leaves to make its way into the box, or onto the fins that make up the outside of the box. Make sure power to your AC is off, and then clean the debris so the fan and filters can operate efficiently.

3. Get a programmable thermostat

Much is said about the energy saving benefits of programmable thermostat, but it’s important to note that these benefits also help the operation of your AC unit. Energy efficiency means your AC has to work less hard and this means less wear and tear on the system. For instance, a programmable thermostat can be set so that it has a swing temperature of 3-4 degrees, so your AC will kick on less frequently.

4. Clean your air ducts

Because most homes have never had a duct cleaning, you may be surprised at how much debris comes out of them during a cleaning. This is stuff you’re breathing in every time your air conditioner is running. In addition to the improvements in air quality, cleaning your air ducts can improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and help it have to work less hard during peak heat hours. This, in turn, translates into less wear and tear on the system and fewer necessary repairs.

Want to improve the air quality in your home and also help your whole AC system work more efficiently? Reach out to us to schedule a duct cleaning for your home!