The summer months are hot and there is nothing worse than when your air conditioner breaks down when you need it most. While this sometimes this is unavoidable, it can usually be prevented by maintaining your AC system regularly.Just like a car, your AC system needs regular maintenance to perform its best. With this in mind, here are some of the ways you can take care of your air conditioner this summer:
Change Your Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system traps dirt, dust and debris that can enter the air in your home and cause health problems. You need to change it out regularly to ensure that it can continue to do this job properly. A clogged filter can cause severe problems not only to your air quality but the function of your AC system. To perform this basic procedure, all you have to do is remove the old filter, put a new filter in, and close up the filter compartment. A good rule of thumb to follow is to try to replace the filter about every month in the summer or whenever the filter looks dirty.
Clean Your Air Ducts and Inspect Them
Over time, dust and debris can get trapped in the air ducts that run throughout your home. Again, this can and will affect the air quality in your home. Air ducts that become clogged can make your HVAC system work harder than it should. It is easy to then guess the problems this will create when you overwork your HVAC system. To avoid these issues, you should have your air ducts cleaned out by a professional. This simple maintenance tip will help keep your air conditioner working efficiently through the warm weather season.
Think About Maintenance Around the Outside Unit
In the summer, plants can grow too close to the outside air conditioning unit. In an effort to hide the unit or in general improve their yards appearance many homeowners will plant flowers, trees and shrubs without thought to their HVAC unit. Planting plants too close or allowing them to become overgrown will cause it to perform less effectively. When this happens your HVAC system runs less efficiently and you might see an increase in your electric bills. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that all plants are trimmed back or planted at least three feet from the unit. This will also aid in the service of your HVAC system when your technician comes out. If leaves or other debris have gathered around the unit, these should be cleaned up as well.
We hope this tips will help in the you in maintaining your HVAC system this summer. Give Hays Heating and Cooling call if you have any questions or are needing a routine summer maintenance of your home HVAC system at 913-367-2294.