The weather in Texas can be crazy –blistering hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. But it’s the long summer that gets to you, especially if your air conditioner isn’t working well. What if we told you that regular air conditioner maintenance can prevent a lot of pricey repairs?
DIY AC Maintenance
While some things definitely need to be done by a certified technician, you can do a handful of maintenance items yourself.
Replace air filters.
All AC units have air filters. Check yours and either replace it or clean it. If replacing, make sure you use the correct size.
Clean your outdoor unit.
Gently vacuum the fins of your AC unit using a soft hose attachment. Read your owner’s manual before your remove the metal box protecting the fins.
Install a programmable thermostat.
It can help keep your home comfortable and save you money. Being able to set times for when your unit turns on and off means that you won’t forget to turn your system off when you leave the house. What’s more, your house will be cool by the time you return at the end of the day. Programmable thermostats also save you money.
Stop the noise.
If your newer AC unit is making a lot of noise, it might be the compressor. A sound blanket can solve the problem and is easy to install.
Invest in a whole-house fan.
They are installed in the attic and help push hot air out of the house through vents in the attic. The fan removes a lot of hot air in a short amount of time.
A well-insulated unit and home helps to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Look at the outside unit and replace any rotted insulation around the lines.
Check your windows.
Windows are one of the biggest culprits of a hot home. Keep your windows closed when the sun is on them. Close your binds or drapes. If you don’t have any, you consider the investment, especially with windows that face the sun. You will save money in the long run.
To ensure your AC unit continues to run at its most efficient, schedule yearly maintenance with a professional. Regular HVAC maintenance also helps catch problems early. A tune-up helps:
Increase cooling effectiveness and reduce costs.
Professional maintenance ensures your system will cool your house faster and ensure that every room is cool. A system that has been cleaned and tuned will work efficiently. It will take less energy and time to cool your house, saving money.
Improve air quality.
Dust and debris gather in the system throughout the year, affecting the air quality in your home. AC professionals’ clean components, ducts and filters to reduce allergens and give you cleaner air.
Lower repair costs and longer lifespan.
Regular maintenance and tune ups can catch a problem before it becomes a big expensive issue. The small price of regular maintenance is much cheaper than repairing something that has broken down. A well-maintained system may last up to twice as long and one that is neglected. With professional care, your AC unit should provide ten years of quality work.
To get the most out of your home’s system, you should get service twice a year: once for your cooling system in the spring, and once for your furnace or heating system in the fall. This way you’re getting the absolute best service your system can provide!
No matter what happens, we are here for you at BVS Home Experts. We have certified air conditioner technicians standing by 24/7 (yes, 24-hour AC service) to ensure you get the HVAC maintenance you need. You don’t need to worry anymore because we’ll get everything taken care of to get your home back to normal. Contact BVS Home Experts today to restore your comfort.
Ronald is one of the key contributors to BVS Home Experts, a family-owned and operated full-service air conditioning and heating company serving the Katy and West Houston areas. With a deep understanding of air conditioning and heating concerns, Ronald brings a wealth of knowledge to our readers.