Homeowners understandably want to extend the lifespan of their central air system as long as possible. They also want to avoid any need for emergency repair work during the hottest days of summer. Scheduling annual AC system maintenance is one important strategy for accomplishing these goals. Throughout the cooling season, the household can take action to ease the load on the air conditioner.
Annual Inspection and Maintenance
Skilled technicians with a heating and cooling company perform annual inspection and maintenance of central air conditioning systems. If the home has a forced-air furnace, that appliance should be checked over and maintained during the same appointment. Both systems share the control and distribution equipment.
The worker cleans the interior components and inspects them for wear. Customers are told about any worn parts so they can have those components replaced promptly.
Reducing Heat and Humidity
Generating heat and humidity in the home makes the air conditioner work harder. On days when the equipment is running, the household might consider eating cool foods instead of using the oven or creating steam on the stove. If they can, avoiding using the clothes dryer on hot days is advisable. In addition, long hot showers create abundant steam, some of which is not removed by the exhaust fan.
Changing the Filter
Someone in the household should change the filter as frequently as the instructions recommend. A clogged air filter decreases energy efficiency. If the unit is used sparingly, the filter might only need to be changed once during the warm-weather months.
Providing Adequate Ventilation
Another point to consider is whether anything is interfering with ventilation for the exterior unit. Overgrown bushes and shrubs should be cut back, for example. Reduced air circulation means reduced efficiency.
Clearing Away Debris
Throughout the year, regularly clearing organic debris like leaves and pine cones away from the unit is important. This allows the equipment to function more efficiently. Heating and cooling technicians can demonstrate how to clean the outside of the unit safely with a hose as needed.
Covering the Top in Winter
The company also can provide a cover to use during the winter. This device blocks leaves and other debris. It only covers the top because shielding the entire unit can cause moisture accumulation inside. That's hard on the electrical components and can lead to mold growing on the evaporator coils.
With all of these strategies, the household will enjoy problem-free and energy-efficient central air throughout the cooling season.