If you’re like me, your HVAC system is not only one of the most expensive appliances in your home, but also the most important. I seriously could not survive the summer without my air conditioner and would freeze to death in the winter without my furnace. And although almost everyone agrees that it is important, most AC repair Plymouth internet searches are a direct result of the system being ignored. It’s easy to do. As long as your air conditioner is working you probably don’t think about it. But without regular maintenance, your unit will not work as efficiently and you run a higher risk of it breaking at the most inopportune moment (think mid-day in August). Here are a few easy ways you can maintain your unit to ensure that it is always in tip top shape.
- Change your filters. This needs to be done every 1-3 months and is arguably the most important DIY AC task. A clogged filter hinders your unit from running efficiently and can block airflow. A dirty filter can also allow dirt to back up into the unit itself which can cause costly damage. One way to help remember to change your filter is to do it when you write that check for your mortgage payment. Having another task you do at the same time will make it more likely that you will remember to do it.
- Clean your air conditioning vents. When your vents build up dust it releases allergens and dirt into the air. In addition, an excessive build up makes the system work harder. This costs more money to run and puts more stress on the unit. I like to clean the vents when I am changing the filter. I figure if I have the ladder out anyway I might as well do both.
- Keep all outdoor plants at least 3-5 feet away from your unit. Vegetation can block air flow to the unit and make it work harder.
- Clean the condenser coil at least once a year. Condenser coils become saturated with pollen, dirt, dust, and other outdoor nasties. This makes the unit less efficient.
There you have it, follow these easy steps to help maintain your HVAC unit. Doing so will help you stay cool and avoid an emergency call to an AC repair company.