Monroe Heating & Air

Tips to Extend the life of your AC

Air conditioning systems are major home investments that usually cost many thousands of dollars to install and replace. Because of the serious cost involved, homeowners are wise to look for ways to extend their A/C’s lifespan. In the following, our NATE-certified technicians at Monroe Heating & Air list several steps to help you keep your home cooling system running well for as long as possible.

To learn more about ways to get the most out of your air conditioning system or for any other HVAC-related questions, give us a call today!

1. Check System’s Airflow 

When it comes to any sort of home comfort or heating or cooling system, making sure there is always ample airflow is extremely important. Understanding this, it’s good to keep an eye on the air vents throughout your home. Air vents and air registers are where your A/C distributes the cooled air into your home. If left unchecked, these vents and registers can get covered or blocked. They should be kept clean. Common things that block them include furniture, wall coverings and appliances. These types of blockages not only affect the indoor temperature but they also cause the A/C unit to work harder than necessary.

2. Only Do Business With HVAC Companies That Are Certified

This one is a no-brainer but we have to reiterate it as far too many homeowners try cutting costs by cutting corners. Because A/C’s are expensive systems that are like investments that affect your home value and budget, taking any chances can cost you big time. Air conditioners are built with electrical and mechanical components that need to work seamlessly together with intricate cohesion. If a repair is done and there’s something amiss — which can be the case often when a homeowner hires someone inexperienced or works on their own A/C — the whole system can break down. It can also cause serious damage that’s expensive. Because of this, A/C work is best left to trained technicians who know what they’re doing and stand behind their work.

3. Don’t Skip Regular Maintenance

Homeowners who are consistent with air conditioner maintenance give you a wide range of benefits that will actually save you money in the long run and help you avoid discomfort and headaches. A/C parts tend to wear out from season to season. Over time, if not taken care of properly by a professional, they can fail. By keeping up with maintenance, our technicians can make simple repairs early on that prevent bigger problems down the road. This prolongs the life of your entire A/C. Moreover, maintenance ensures your unit is operating efficiently throughout the summer, which saves you hard-earned money on cooling costs and helps you avoid the sudden need for a full air conditioner replacement.

4. Keep AC Unit Clean and Clear

Air conditioning systems sit quietly outside our homes. They need space!

Always make sure there’s at least a few feet of clear space around your outdoor unit when it’s being used. If shrubs, trees, plants or other landscaping items get too close, it’s not good. Because of this, you should keep them back and trim any growth so they don’t grow into the unit and cause airflow problems during the summer. The less obstruction you have in this surrounding area, the longer the entire system will run and the better.

5. Keep Extra Appliances & Electronics Off

Not only does turning off unused appliances and other electronics help reduce your electricity consumption, but it also helps keep your home cooler in the summer. This is because electronics like clothing dryers, computers, TV, screens and other appliances give off heat. During the summer, the air conditioner has to run more to compensate.

6. Check & Change Your Air Filter Regularly

We’ve already touched on how essential proper airflow is. Along these same lines, a clean air filter goes a long way to enable proper air circulation throughout the house. With proper air circulation, the sensors on our air conditioning systems kick on as needed instead of in short time frames. Air filters need to be free of blockage also so the internal parts don’t end up coated with dust and dirt. In this way, air filters allow for proper mechanical malfunction. Ideally, they should be checked about once a month or every other month during the summer and they might end up needing changed just as often depending on your air quality.

7. Utilize Window Coverings or Window Tint

It should be no secret that the sunlight coming into your home makes it warmer. One can observe this effect merely standing in a window with the sunlight coming in directly. Because uncovered windows allow heat to enter the home or business, it’s a good idea to counteract this to save on cooling costs. One suggestion would be to Install blinds or use curtains and shades to cover the window during daytime hours rather than relying solely on the air conditioner to cool the dwelling. You can also consider window tint.

Need help with an A/C problem? 

Call Monroe Heating & Air today at (513) 540-4890, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!