There are always obstructions trying to make life harder on your AC unit. It’s the job of the home owner to make sure there are as few as possible.
If you want to extend the life of your AC unit and avoid the hefty costs that come with replacing it, follow these tips to make your system last as long as possible.
When you don’t routinely replace your filter, the unit has to work harder than normal. This puts more stress on the unit and can impact how long it lasts.
Most units recommend replacing the filter every month. This keeps the system running at an efficient level. A good way to remember this is to change it every time a new month starts. On the first day of every month, replace the filter and enjoy the benefits.
Create Space Around The AC Unit
Your AC unit works best when there are 24 inches of clear space around it. Clear out any leaves, tall grass, shrubs or any other objects around your Gainesville home that could limit ventilation from the unit.
This will allow it to run smoother and put less stress on the entire system.
Keep An Eye On The Interior Of Your Home
The way you decorate the inside of your home can have an impact on how much your AC unit is stressed. Using blinds on the windows of your home can help. Close the shades during the day to keep the heat out in the summer. Open the shades during the winter to allow some of the heat in the house. These small adjustments can keep the temperature in your house closer to what you want, causing the AC unit to run less frequently and your air conditioning to cool the house more efficiently.
It’s also a good idea to keep your home’s interior doors open. When doors are closed from room-to-room, it can cause the system to go out of balance and provide less airflow to the entire house. If you’d prefer multiple doors be shut, leave a small crack open instead. Even something that small can make a difference.
Make A Schedule
Be smart about when you use appliances that produce heat in the home. The middle of a summer day is already a difficult time for the AC unit to keep your house at the desired temperature. Running the dishwasher or doing a load of laundry can produce heat in the house and make the air conditioning run more to make up for it.
When you need to use those appliances, try to do it early in the morning or late at night. It will ease the stress from your system and help extend the life of the unit.
Preventative Maintenance Is Key
Having your system annually tuned up is the biggest key to improve efficiency and extend the life of the unit. A trained technician can pick out any issues with the AC unit before they become big, expensive problems.
Technicians will clean and inspect coils, clean and check the blowers and fans, assess the refrigerant, inspect fan belts, lubricate the motors, and many other checkups to make sure your unit is running at top speed.