Clear Things Up and Clean Up
One of the roles of an air conditioner is to filter air and there is a lot that can get in the way of the air conditioner’s work. Make things easier for your air conditioner by eliminating obstacles such as furniture, carpets, and other impediments from around the vents, registers, and air handlers. Also check around the outdoor components for leaves, twigs, and other debris that can interfere with air flow. We recommend that you avoid placing plants, bushes, and shrubs near the unit.
Change Air Filters Regularly
While on the topic of blockages and air flow, let’s go over the air filters. These essential components catch dust and other particles so that you can enjoy clean air. They can only hold so much debris though. The general rule of thumb is to replace dirty air filters once every three months, or once every season. Neglecting this crucial maintenance item can expose the household to allergens and contamination. It can also result in bacteria and mold growth in the air ducts. Perhaps worst of all, failing to replace filters can overwork the air conditioner and shorten its life expectancy. The technicians at Rooter Hero are happy to help with the air filter replacement process.
Turn It Down, Don’t Shut It Off
If you are planning on leaving for an extended period of time, and especially if you are leaving only for the day, then do not turn the unit off. Instead, turn up the thermostat to a few degrees above the outside temperature. For instance, set the thermostat to around 85 degrees in the summer. The reason for this advice is because the air conditioner uses a lot of energy on startup. It can cost more to restart the unit than to leave it on at a low setting. Constantly turning off and turning on the unit can also wear out the air conditioner faster.
Schedule Routine Maintenance and Tune-Up
There are many components in the air conditioner and each part is prone to wear and tear, dirtying, and accidental damage. Periodically checking up on these components and cleaning them of debris can do wonders for the unit as a whole. A multi-point tune-up can improve the unit’s effectiveness and efficiency and avoid unnecessary repairs. Call Rooter Hero to schedule your annual or biennial air conditioning maintenance today. We also offer AC repair and replacement services. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call.