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Summer Home Maintenance Tips: Air Conditioning

The #1 tip for getting your home ready for the summer is definitely your air conditioning. Not only do you not want your air conditioning unit to fail during the hot summer days, but by keeping it in productive running condition, you can save energy costs all year long.

The most important maintenance task for your air conditioning unit, according to the Department of Energy is your air conditioner filters. As stated on their website;

"Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly."

The energy cost can reduce consumption by 5-15%. Those are real savings!

The Household Tips Guide has a great article on buying the correct air filter for your home. The choices they list on their website includes;

  • Fiberglass Air Filters
  • Pleated Air Filters
  • High-Efficiency Air Filters
  • True HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters

A professional technician can find potential problems before they occur and extend the overall life of your unit. Setting up an air conditioning maintenance plan with a reputable company can save you more money than you spend in the long run.

Technicians can also check things that the average consumer can't or don't want to. Just a few things include;

  • refrigerant level
  • leaks
  • seal ducts
  • airflow
  • checking the thermostat for accuracy

When thinking about the summer months, you can also find a great summer checklist from MyHomeIdeas website that includes more than just air conditioning.

If you prefer the do-it-yourself method, do your research to find the best ways to maintain your particular unit. When doing any remodeling, contact Ascent Builders for quality contracting.