Over time, the air filter gets clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, pollen, and other air contaminants. Once the air filter is clogged, the air conditioner has to work harder to produce the same amount of cool air. Not only does this make your air conditioner less energy efficient, but it can also increase how much you pay to cool your home this summer.
We recommend inspecting your air conditioner filter every month. If a significant amount of dust and other debris is caught in the filter, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. When buying your new air conditioner filter, make sure you get the right filter type with the right dimensions. Different types of air conditioning filters include fiberglass, pleated, and media.
Now that the snow has melted, it’s a good time to check the outdoor component of your air conditioner. Dust, dirt, grass clippings, and leaves can insulate air conditioner coils, making it harder to release heat outdoors. Likewise, clogged air conditioner vents aren’t able to efficiently circulate air, which makes the unit work hard to produce the same amount of cool air.
We recommend getting in the habit of checking your outdoor AC unit whenever you’re in the backyard. This will especially be important in the autumn when the leaves start falling. Once you’re able to clear debris from the outdoor unit, it should be able to use less energy to keep your home cool. An energy efficient air conditioner saves you money in the long run.
A programmable thermostat can save you money by only turning on your AC when you need it. For example, there’s no reason why the air conditioning should be on full blast if the entire family is away on vacation. Likewise, you can program the AC to run less while everyone is gone to school or work.
If you set your thermostat too low, you run the risk of decreasing the lifespan of the unit from overuse. Some days (especially in early or late summer) it’ll make more sense to crack open a window than to turn on the AC. Use your best judgment and program your thermostat in a way that’ll save you money in the long run.
Keep in mind that once the weather cools, you’ll need to keep the indoor temperature at a minimum of 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes. If you aren’t sure how to use your programmable thermostat, ask your HVAC technician during your next air conditioning service visit. Our HVAC contractors are always more than happy to answer your questions.
Wish you could extend the life of your central air conditioner? Ask us about our air conditioner maintenance services. While there are many things you can do by yourself, certain maintenance tasks must be done by a licensed professional. For example, only a professional will be able to recognize small damage before it turns into an expensive HVAC repair. also helps you save money by helping the unit run more efficiently.
Our Grand Ledge HVAC contractors work hard so your home stays comfortable year round. We offer services for your AC unit, furnace, mini split heat pumps, and other heating and cooling systems. To schedule air conditioner maintenance, call Superior Home Comfort at (517) 925-1343.