>With summertime right around the corner, there are tons of fun things to focus on -- cookouts, swimming, and -- best of all -- warm weather! But if you're like most homeowners, you probably rely on your air conditioner when the warm weather gets just a little too warm -- and, like most people, you have been so preoccupied with summer activities that you haven't thought about whether your HVAC unit is ready to go.
Here are a few tips to help you with summertime air conditioning maintenance, to make sure that your HVAC system is running properly before the summer heat gets to be too much:
- A clean HVAC system is one of the most important things factoring into how well your system operates. Most HVAC repair services recommend that homeowners change the filter in their unit once a month, especially if you constantly have your system running. If you prefer to turn off the AC during the summer, it's still a good idea to check the filter once a month and replace it if necessary.
- If you've already turned on your AC unit, make sure to pay attention to how often it runs and how much energy it uses up. Most people don't realize that their HVAC system is broken, or that ducts are leaking, until after their first bill of the season arrives and it's three times higher than the previous year. If your system seems to be running more often than it should, it's a good idea to call up your local HVAC services for a quick checkup; any good air conditioning repair companies will be more than happy to inspect your system for any leaks or malfunctioning parts.
- Last but not least, remember that preventative maintenance is always the most affordable way to go! Most air conditioning units last about 15 to 20 years, so if your system is getting close to this point (or maybe it's even older), make sure to call up an HVAC repair service and ask about getting the system replaced. The upfront cost might seem like a lot of money, but newer units tend to be more efficient and can save you anywhere between 20% and 50% on energy consumption -- which means a much lower energy bill!
Now it's your turn to contribute! What do you do to get your air conditioning system ready for the summer heat? What types of maintenance and cleaning services do you appreciate most from your local HVAC repair company? We'd love to hear your thoughts!