Your air conditioner is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in your home. This is truer in Florida than it is in most parts of the country, as its absence would surely be mourned. You want to keep your air conditioner around for as long as possible, but that can be difficult when you don’t have time to learn the ins and outs of your AC system for proper maintenance.
Luckily, proper air conditioning maintenance can be simple, at least on the part of the homeowner. While you may need to call in technicians for some of the work, taking these steps is so important in protecting your AC system from damage and keeping it around for as long as possible.
Change the Air Filter Every Month
First, it’s important to change your air filter each month if you really want to protect it from harm. In the off-season, every 1-3 months may be acceptable, but once it gets hot and the AC system is running full-time, you should replace it as often as possible.
The air filter protects your air conditioner from damage, but only as long as it is properly maintained. It keeps debris from damaging the blower, but when debris clogs up the filter itself, then air cannot get through. This can cause many problems with the performance of your AC system, including freezing the coils.
Choose Only Qualified Installers and Service Technicians
One way people fail to protect their AC systems is by attempting to save money with unqualified or under-qualified service technicians. A handyman without the right HVAC certifications simply isn’t the right choice for proper AC repair and installation.
Improper installation is one of the top reasons for AC failure. Protect your system by calling technicians you can trust who are qualified for the work, rather than searching around for a low price. If the cost seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Get Routine Maintenance Every Year
Routine air conditioning maintenance keeps your system in top condition for the upcoming warmer weather. We recommend this service in early spring, in order to fine-tune components or clean them off so that your equipment is in the best condition possible. Technicians will visit your system and let you know if anything is in need of repair, clean coils, lubricate motors, and more to protect the system all summer long.
Use the Thermostat Wisely
Finally, you can protect your AC system by making smarter choices about how you use your thermostat. If your air conditioner is running on full blast all day and night, it’s going to wear down faster. Pick the highest temperature your family can be comfortable with for most of the day and night, and raise temperatures when you plan to be away from the house.
We recommend a smart thermostat to help you keep an eye on your system, so that you don’t actually leave it on a low setting when you head off to work or on a trip. We can help you with that upgrade!