You’ll be heavily relying on your Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System as we approach the Florida summer season. While older systems last 25-30 years, newer HVAC units are made to last 12-15 years. Make sure to follow these tips to stay cool with your HVAC until all summer long.
Clean the area around your outside HVAC unit which is the condenser coil and compressor. Remove leaves, branches, or any other debris that is easy to see that might have collected over the winter. Heat gets trapped inside and can’t be effectively released when it is covered with dirt and debris. This will lead to inefficient cooling and increased energy consumption.
Make sure to change the filters regularly. AC filters can quickly get clogged with dirt and dust pulled from the air. If you fail to change your AC filters, you may need to repair it and pay higher energy bills. Your AC unit’s lifespan may even decrease without clean filters.
Don’t wait to call for your service until there is a problem. You can eliminate a lot of problems by regularly scheduling maintenance with our Southern Air technicians. Keeping your AC properly maintained will lower energy and repair costs, prevent it from breaking down, and will make it last longer. It’s easy to forget about your unit when it’s working, but without proper care and maintenance you might encounter problems with your unit not being able to cool as easily.
A couple other tips:
- Use the thermostat scheduling option. Don’t wait until the indoor heat is unbearable to turn on your AC. Thermostats now offer scheduling where you can program it ahead of time before temperatures get too high. You can also schedule it so that the house is warmer in the afternoon when you’re at work and cool down an hour before you are home. Doing this will save on utility costs and reduce your HVAC unit’s workload.
- Keep windows and doors closed. Having a window or door open while you’re running the air conditioner, means warm air comes into the house. Your AC will run nonstop in an attempt to cool things down—and you’ll see the results on your next utility bill. Which means having windows open is like throwing money out the window.
- Don’t block air vents. When they are blocked, it slows down airflow, forcing your air conditioner to work harder and longer to keep things cool. Vacuum or dust the vents monthly, and don’t block them with furniture, draperies, or artwork.
Taking good care of your unit can help extend the life of the HVAC unit and keep you and your family comfortable no matter what the temperature for years to come.