While most of us are not fans of the “dog days” of summer little rise in temperature can lead to testing times for your air conditioner. During the hot summer months our air conditioners often run no-stop to keep us cool but, in the process, they come face to face with the wear and tear that comes with frequent use. Like most things mechanical modern air conditioners are designed to run for a long time, but there are some things you can do to reduce the stress on your system and hopefully extend the life a bit too.
Most homeowners are (or should be) familiar with seasonal maintenance (tune-ups) and keeping your filters changed but there are some other less know things you can do to make things a little easier on your system. Using the tips in this article are not going to increase the life of your air conditioner by decades, but it can make it run a little less and save you a few dollars along the way.
Here are some smart ways to extend the life of your air conditioning system. Take a look:
Proper placement of furniture:
Furniture placement can have an effect on air flow if it is blocking returns or vents. The next time you are rearranging your living room give some thought to the vents and air returns to make sure you are not restricting air flow. Restricted air flow is very similar to having a clogged or dirty filter and can make your system work harder than it needs to.
Turn off the humidifiers:
Having a humidifier in the winter can make your home much more comfortable, they are generally not needed or not needed as much during summer months when you air conditioner is running more frequently. The additional humidity from a humidifier can have an impact on your air conditioner making it work harder than normal.
Check ceiling fan rotation:
The direction in which your ceiling fan rotates determines the air circulation and can make a noticeable difference in room temperature. If your fan rotates counterclockwise during summer it will help to circulate cooler air in the room.
Ensure regular maintenance:
Regular maintenance is necessary to keep the air conditioning system running efficiently. Having a professional maintain your system twice per year will help extend the life of your system. Regular maintenance can also help to reduce costly break-downs and even help reduce monthly energy bills.
Having a maintenance or service agreement with an AC Professional will ensure that your semi-annual maintenance is performed on time and correctly.
Clear the AC drain line:
A blocked drain line is a common problem that arises with air conditioning systems, typically during the summer. During the hot summer season, the AC units suck away the moisture from the house so it becomes very important keep the AC drain line clear and working properly.
You can use a cup of chlorine bleach for the purpose. Just flush it through the drain line and rinse the line with water.
Change Your Filters Regularly:
During summer months dry air, pollen, dust, and pet hair can tend to clog the filters. You should follow manufacturer guidelines for your system to ensure your filters are clean and working properly.
Changing the filters in your system is also part of the seasonal maintenance that is performed by your AC Professional.
Clean the outdoor unit from time to time:
Keeping the outdoor unit clean is a sure shot way to extend the shelf life of your air conditioning system. You must keep the outdoor unit free of debris, weeds, and leaves. Debris accumulation in the outdoor unit hinders the functionality of the air conditioner. So, it is really very important to timely clean the entire outdoor system.
Also, place the unit a few inches off the surface. This is because water pooling during the monsoon hampers the outdoor unit.
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