Your air conditioner is the part of your home's HVAC system that works to keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer months. However, just like all other appliances and systems within your home, your air conditioning system needs to be properly maintained to ensure that it continues to work as effectively and efficiently as possible. Understanding some of the simple things that you can do to ensure that your air conditioner is working properly can help you enjoy a consistent and cool temperature within your home throughout the summer.
Clean the Condenser
The condenser refers to the exterior part of your home's air conditioning unit, and is what acts as an air intake and exhaust for your interior unit. For that reason, any sort of obstruction by falling debris or nearby plant growth can obstruct airflow and increase the amount of general strain that your air conditioner experiences, reducing its effectiveness and increasing the wear and tear of individual parts. You'll want to trim back or remove any plants which have grown up against the side of your condenser, and also remove any fallen twigs, leaves, or other pieces of debris which may have become stuck in the grille on the top of the unit.
Replace the Air Filter
Another relatively simple thing that you can do to keep your air conditioner working in peak condition is to make sure that you change your unit's air filter every few months. The air filter can be found in the interior unit of your air conditioner, and will usually be clearly marked within a housing that can be opened and removed by hand or with a screwdriver. You'll want to replace the air filter for the same reason that you want to clean out the condenser: ensuring proper air flow will reduce the strain on your unit and improve the overall effectiveness of your air conditioner. You can find replacement air filters at most hardware stores – just bring the old filter in to match it to the correct size replacement. You may also want to consider purchasing washable filters: these air filters can be cleaned by hand and then dried and reinstalled, which can be cheaper and more sustainable over time than disposable air filters.
Finally, you may want to consider purchasing a programmable thermostat for your air conditioner. These thermostats can automatically alter the temperature of your unit throughout the day, prioritizing cooling to when you are at home and increasing the temperature at nighttime or while you are at work. This means that your air conditioner will work for a shorter amount of time overall, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing the overall amount of physical wear that your air conditioner will experience throughout the summer.
For more information, contact a business like Dale & Lee's Service Inc.