Summer is officially here! The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. So before you crank the A/C — be smart about it! A neglected air conditioning unit can waste energy, affect your health, and cost you more money in the long run. So here is how you can make the most out of your air conditioning unit this summer:
Keep it Clean.
A clean air conditioner can save you energy and prolong the life of your cooling system. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines on when you should change your air filters. Unchanged filters can get clogged with pet hair and dust. Over time this will cause your unit to work harder, in turn shortening your air conditioner’s lifespan. Besides being a waste of energy — a dirty air filter also affects your air quality. To get the most from your system, get into the routine of checking the filters monthly.
Avoid The Sun.
To keep your cooling system from working overtime — keep your blinds shut. Sunlight can not only light up a room, but it slowly adds warmth to it too. So try closing your blinds whenever you leave a room. When it comes to your outdoor central air unit — keep it shaded. A shaded unit has been known to perform at its best — just remember that plants and bushes should be trimmed regularly and kept two feet away from the A/C unit.
Beyond your routine cleaning and upkeep, your air conditioner should have regular maintenance. A professional will be able to check for leaks or other issues that you might miss with the naked eye. Having your unit maintenance will help you prevent minor issues from becoming major more expensive ones.