Residential HVAC units are critical during this time of year. With the temperatures soaring into the 100’s in some parts of the country, fixing air conditioner woes will be a crucial part of keeping yourself cool.
Cleaning air conditioners on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining the quality of the unit. If you do AC coil cleaning, and replace HVAC air filters at least every few months, your unit will probably last you a while.
But there are also several things you don’t want to do with your AC unit. Here are a few of them.
- Let Your Unit Go Un-inspected. Even if you think that your AC unit is working just fine, you should have it checked regularly. Professionals will be able to test the system, check the coils, and make sure that your fan motor is working properly. If you don’t have it inspected, you could incur repairs that could be costly.
- Change Your Thermostat Too Much. Heating and cooling already consume about half of the average homeowner’s energy bills, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If you start to turn the temperature up an down several times, you will be making your system exert even more energy trying to keep up with your demands. Subsequently, you may face higher energy bills.
- Forget to Have Your Airducts Cleaned. Even though your air filter will pick up the majority of the dust that comes through the AC unit, there will be particles that make their way into the ducts. If you don’t get your ducts cleaned at last once a year, any air that blows through your vents (hot or cold) will bring a whirlwind of debris into your home. You may even get excess dust stuck in your unit, causing a decrease in efficiency, and costly damage to your unit.
If you follow these simple tips for residential HVAC systems you will be able to increase the lifespan of your AC unit, and also save money on having to replace your unit altogether.