Maximize Your Air Conditioner's Life with These Simple Hacks

Your air conditioner in Marietta sees a lot of use during the hot, humid summer months. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to keep your system running smoothly and prevent premature breakdown. Here are a few tips to help prolong your system's lifespan.

Professional Servicing

It's easy to overlook regular AC service in Marietta because most homeowners don't actually see what the technicians are doing or notice an obvious difference once the air conditioner maintenance is complete. However, the services provided by professional AC technicians are invaluable because a regular inspection and cleaning includes numerous components that are essential for your AC to run smoothly. This includes an airflow test, checking for leaks, testing the refrigerant level and electrical connections, cleaning the coils and drains, and much more.

Regular Filter Changes

Your filter keeps dirt, debris, and dust out of the condenser coil. If you overlook changing the filter regularly you not only risk damaging your AC system, but a dirty filter also makes it difficult for the system to run efficiently so you'll also pay more in energy bills as the system works harder to keep your house cool.

Duct Cleaning

Dirty air ducts also make it more difficult for your system to run efficiently and put extra wear and tear on the mechanical parts. It's normal for the ducts to get dirt and dust built up as air moves around your home, so don't overlook a regular duct cleaning to help the air move more freely. Your respiratory system will thank you as well.

Avoid Overuse

·         Overusing your air conditioner can be avoided by using a few of the following hacks to help you stay cool in the summer without constantly running your air conditioner.

·         Take advantage of cooler weather. Many homeowners don't even pay attention to the weather outside and sometimes run the air conditioner even when the weather outside is actually cooler. Take advantage of good weather and open the windows during the cooler hours.

·         Consider a new thermostat. Turning up the thermostat a few degrees can help reduce the workload for your AC unit, but a newer "smart" thermostat can further reduce the load by learning your routine and having the AC run when necessary to increase efficiency.

·         Install fans. You'd be surprised how much a ceiling fan or even a mobile floor fan can cool off your home and allow your AC unit some rest.

·Block out the sun. Keeping blinds and curtains shut during the hottest part of the day can also reduce how much your AC runs.