Regular checkups and good maintenance of your home’s air conditioning and heating units can prove to be a money-saving habit. Long’s Air Conditioning, Inc. would like to share some DIY tips that will help keep your systems efficiently running and ensure their longevity.
Filters play a crucial role in maintaining the optimum performance of your AC and heating units, by removing dust and particulates from the air. You should check them monthly and plan on replacing them every 90 days. Thick, pleated filters might last a bit longer, but don’t risk running them much beyond their prime. If filters aren’t routinely replaced, airflow becomes restricted, forcing the machine to work harder, which in turn creates higher energy bills and possible repair needs.
At the onset of every heating or cooling season, it’s beneficial to do a thorough check of your system. For air conditioners, this means checking the condenser outside for any obstructions or buildup and lightly cleaning the system with a garden hose. For heating systems, periodic checking of the pilot light in gas heaters or the ignition in electric heaters can prevent sudden failures. If you run into any problems during these checks, consult with an expert AC & heating service.
The fan in your system also plays a key role in the efficiency of the unit. Regularly dust and clean your fan blades, and check for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any cracks or chips in the fan blades or if the fan is making excessive noise, reach out to professionals for a repair or replacement.
The thermostat regulates the temperature in your home and is therefore an important part of your heating and cooling system. Make sure you check the thermostat settings routinely. This will not only ensure a comfortable home environment but also keep the system from overworking. A programmable thermostat is a great option as it automatically adjusts temperature settings conserving energy and saving money.
Even with all the DIY checks and routine maintenance, there is no substitute for a thorough, professional annual service. Expert technicians have the skills and knowledge to make the precise adjustments and repairs needed to keep your system running smoothly. Long’s Air Conditioning, Inc. offers reliable annual service options for all your HVAC needs. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your equipment but also ensures efficient operation all year round.
Maintaining your home’s air conditioning and heating systems does not have to be a daunting task. Follow these useful tips, stay aware of the state of your systems, and reach out to professional services when necessary to ensure a comfortable and cost-effective home environment.