Are You Taking the Right Steps to Maintain Your Air Conditioner?

You take your car to the mechanic for an oil change regularly because you want it to perform well and remain as fuel-efficient as possible. Your car is an important part of your life, just as your air conditioner is an important part of your home, which is why we think you should put the same amount of care and maintenance into this system. Here are the steps we recommend to all homeowners in the spring and summer, and why such maintenance is so vital to the performance of your AC system.

Clean or Change the Filter Each Month

The air filter helps to protect your air conditioner from damage. If any debris were to get sucked into the system, it could compromise the performance of some major components. But if air also cannot get through the filter, the system may become damaged. Filters become clogged significantly over the course of a month, blocking airflow and forcing the AC to struggle. Replacing the filter each month (or cleaning a washable one) helps to protect your system and lower your bills.

Keep the System Clean

There are several other parts of the air conditioner (besides the filter) that should be kept clean. The outside coils, for example, can easily collect dust, which could limit your air conditioner’s ability to dissipate heat. Keep large debris away from the outside condenser unit and schedule air conditioning maintenance service each year (in the spring) to get a complete tune-up and cleaning.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat

If your air conditioner is running all the time, day and night, it’s likely to run into trouble fairly quickly. Learning to use the preset options on your thermostat can help to cut your cooling costs. For example, you can have the system turn off each day before you leave for work, and switch back on 20 minutes before you plan on arriving back home. This way, you don’t have to leave it on all day just to feel comfortable once you get back.

We offer air conditioning maintenance, thermostat installation, and air filtration services in the Toronto area. Call Advantage Airtech today!