Maintaining your central air conditioning system is the key to optimizing the functionality and efficiency of your system, and ensuring your A/C system will be working properly during the hot summer months. Cromwell Energy’s “3 Simple Central Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips” below will reduce wear-and-tear on your system, and save energy.
1. Replace central air filters regularly.
This simple step is the key to optimizing your air conditioning system’s performance. A dirty or clogged filter restricts airflow and significantly reduces AC operating efficiency. The central air filter should be changed at least twice a year, in the spring and fall (more frequent changing may be necessary if you have pets, or are in a dusty environment). It is also important to use the correct filter for your air conditioning system. A pleated filter is recommended. If you have any trouble locating or replacing your A/C filter, Cromwell Energy’s licensed HVAC contractors will be happy to help you.
2. Clean and cover outside central air conditioning system.
The outside unit of a central air conditioning system (or ductless mini-split system) is called the condenser, and can often be cleaned with an ordinary garden hose/nozzle. Simply spray the “fins” inside of the condenser, removing any debris or dirt that may have accumulated. For coils that have not been cleaned regularly, a more thorough cleaning may be required. Remember to shut off your electrical breakers before doing any maintenance. A cover for the outside unit is recommended for the winter to help keep the central air conditioning unit clean.
It is also important to clear away any vegetation from around the outside unit. It is recommended that you keep 18-24 inches clear to allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.
3. Check your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are an effective mechanism for regulating the temperature of your home. If your central air conditioning system is not “keeping up” with the outside temperature, it may be a sign of a larger problem in the system.
Annual maintenance of all central air conditioning and ductless mini-split systems are recommended by the manufacturer. Cromwell Energy’s central air conditioning maintenance plan is designed with your comfort in mind, and our 15-point tune-up will ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency throughout the hot summer months!
New high-efficiency AC systems are now on the market and will save significant money on energy costs. Cromwell Energy installs the best brands on the market, and our licensed and insured HVAC technicians use state-of-the-art technology for all installations and repairs. Contact us, or call our office today for a free estimate.