How To Improve The Life And Performance Of Your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner's components such as filters, coils, and fans need regular maintenance to function properly. If you fail to maintain your AC, it will gradually decline in performance and escalate your energy costs.

Here are tips that will ensure your AC functions effectively throughout the years.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

You can reduce your thermostat's energy use by resetting your unit when you're not using it (like when no one is home). You can do so automatically by installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will help you turn on the AC based on a pre-set schedule of your choice. For instance, while you're asleep, you can turn your thermostat back by a few degrees from its normal setting. Your AC will reduce its average output and run less intensively. Doing so will reduce your energy bills tremendously.

Ensure you choose a thermostat that suits your needs. For example, a 7-day programmable thermostat is an ideal choice for a bigger family since it allows you to program a different schedule for each day of the week. If outside temperature conditions change, your thermostat will ensure that everyone stays comfortable while inside their rooms.

Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Your AC filters trap dust and other particles to prevent them from entering your home. Therefore, these filters are part of the reason your air conditioner works efficiently. But with time, air filters will accumulate too much dust and debris. Dirty air filters will force your AC unit to overwork. You're likely to notice that your unit malfunctions or breaks down more often. 

A malfunctioning AC unit can lead to several problems. First, you will incur high energy bills because your unit has to use more energy to cool or heat your home. The dirty filters also pose a serious health risk since they let dust and allergens into your home, which ultimately causes respiratory illnesses.

Air conditioner experts recommend you replace your air filters every three months. But to be safe, be sure to schedule system inspections at least every month.

Regularly Clean Your AC Coils

Coils distribute heat through the AC system. If you don't clean them regularly, the coils will gather dirt and debris. Dirty coils will struggle to absorb or release heat through the entire system and in your home. As a result, your AC will have to work harder to maintain the ideal temperature in your home. This problem will cause your AC to use up more energy. For this reason, your energy bills will go up unexpectedly. Your AC unit might also break down completely if the strain becomes too much to handle.

Be sure to consult with an AC service technician on more ways to keep your unit in top condition and avoid frequent repairs.