Most AC contractors agree that regular maintenance is the key to ensuring that your system delivers the performance that you can rely on. According to Statistic Stats, about two out of every five AC units that are well cared for have a much longer life than those that are not regularly cared for. Here are four tips you should follow to ensure you're doing all you can to extend the life of your AC.
1. Don't Close Registers
You may think that closing off registers in rooms that are not in use is a good way to save energy, but it's not. Closing off the registers in unused rooms doesn't save energy and it can put undue stress on your system. Your system is designed to use all the registers, so leave your registers open in every room of your house.
2. Clear Debris From Outside Units
An easy way to care for your system is to keep outside units clear of debris. Grass clippings, pollen, plant matter, and more can obstruct the airflow to your unit and make it have to work harder than necessary. Make a habit of clearing your system's debris regularly. If there are plants near the unit, be sure to trim them back as needed.
3. Change Your Filters
Changing the filters on your unit regularly is one of the best ways to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your unit in top condition. Dirty filters can prematurely age your system and cause it to work harder. Plan on changing your filters monthly or even more frequently if you have pets in the home.
4. Have a Maintenance Agreement in Place
Your HVAC unit should be inspected and tuned up annually. Most AC contractors offer maintenance plans that will ensure your annual inspection is done and that your system is professionally tuned up. This takes the hassle out of rescheduling and remembering your inspection each year. Investing in a maintenance agreement is a simple step that will ensure your system is professionally serviced for years to come.
If you suspect that your unit needs repair, call a professional. Getting someone in to look at the unit and make any necessary adjustments or repairs as soon as possible will reduce the risk of extensive damage to the unit. If you need a reliable HVAC professional to take a look at your system, contact Annette Hale's Indoor Comfort Systems today!