When the summer heat hits and it gets to be sweltering outside, you rely heavily on your air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable in your home. It can be easy to just assume that your air conditioner will continue to work for you indefinitely. However, without proper care and maintenance, your air conditioning could get damaged or stop working entirely. As such, it is important to get to know some of the ways to properly maintain your air conditioning system. Then, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your air conditioning up and running all throughout the summer months.
Vacuum the Fins of Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit
The fins are the essentially like a grill on the outside of the air conditioner. They are a part of the condenser unit of your air conditioning system. You want to be sure that these fins are clean and free of dust and debris.
As such, you should vacuum the fins of your outdoor air conditioning unit at least once during the summer season, though preferably a few times. Use a soft bristle brush when you do this vacuuming. This will protect the fins and prevent them from suffering damage in the cleaning process.
Get a Smart Thermostat
Another way you can better maintain your air conditioning system is to get a smart thermostat. That way, you can program your thermostat on a schedule throughout the day. You can also control your air conditioner from your smartphone or other smart device which will ensure that you never forget to set your thermostat at the proper level for the day.
This can ensure that your air conditioner does not get overworked by trying to keep the house very cool on a hot day when you are not home, for example. Smart thermostats are also generally more energy-efficient than older thermostat models.
Keep the Area Around Your Air Conditioner Clean and Clear
If you are trying to maintain your air conditioning system, you should keep the area around your air conditioner (both the indoor and outdoor components) clean and clear. Brush away dirt and debris from the pad of your air conditioner and the area around the pad. Regularly dust and vacuum inside around your furnace and air conditioning unit and keep it free of clutter.
Replace the Filter Regularly
Replace the air filter in your air conditioning system at least every few months. It is best to do so every month, but every few months is acceptable as well. This will keep the air traveling through your air conditioner clean and prevent damage from dust and debris to your system.
Have an Air Conditioning Maintenance Professional Check Your System Regularly
In addition to doing maintenance yourself, you should have an air conditioning professional come out and look at your system at least twice a year. The best way to do this is once in the spring when you transition to using your air conditioning and once in the fall when you transition to using heat. But if you have not had the system checked, any time of the year would be better than skipping it.
Now that you know some of the ways to properly maintain your air conditioning system, you can start using these methods right away.
For more information about air conditioning maintenance, contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.