Summer is in full effect and at 8am we can already feel the scorching heat pounding down on us. With temperatures already in the 100’s, one thing we can’t live without is our central air conditioning units. Now is the time, if you haven’t already done so, for homeowners to ensure their HVAC units are in good working order. Nobody wants to wake up to or come home to a hot house in the dead of Summer. Emergency calls can be expensive, so preventing any catastrophes and having Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning regularly service your unit coupled with basic maintenance handled by you, will save you hundreds, if not thousands in costly repairs. So, where do you start when you have no idea what you’re doing? Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to make this process simple and walk you through the basic steps.
Check & Change Air Filters
When your air filters become dirty, it blocks the air flow which makes it more difficult for the HVAC system to keep your home cool. When your filters become clogged, your system has to work overtime to keep your home cool which will also spike your energy bill. Each home is unique and has a different traffic pattern, homes with no pets and just a person or two can go up to two months without a filter change, and others should do it every few weeks. Homes with pets will likely change their filters the most. If you are unsure about how often to change yours, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can advise you on how often your home should have new filters put in.
Check AC Refrigerant Lines
These are the two copper pipes that connect the outside condensing unit to the inside evaporator coil. You should notice that the bigger of the two pipes is insulated with a black insulator sleeve. This insulation on the refrigerant lines keeps your system running efficiently and correctly. It is of utmost importance that these refrigerant lines stay insulated, if you notice the insulation has fallen off or become compromised, it needs to be replaced. You can do this yourself, or you can have Air Supply LV do this for you during your routine Summer maintenance.
Turn up the Thermostat Temperature
Though it may be tempting to keep your unit at 70 degrees during the heat of the day, this makes your system work overtime (especially older units). If you work during the day, an no one is home, it is recommended for your thermostat to be turned up to about 78 degrees. Doing so, you will dramatically reduce the cooling costs on your next power bill. Each degree over 75 can save you up to 10% on your power bill alone!!
Clean the Air Conditioner Condenser Coil
The condenser coil extracts the heat outside so the refrigerant can cool off. Once the refrigerant has cooled, it goes back inside and passes through the evaporator coil which then cools your home to the comfortable temperatures you enjoy. If the condenser coil gets too dirty, your HVAC unit can not cool your home as it should. A dirty condenser coil means higher energy costs because your system now needs to work overtime to cool your home. When ignored, this can lead to a mechanical breakdown of your HVAC unit and result in a costly repair, or worse, having to replacing the unit.
Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance
The best way to save yourself money, is to have your unit regularly serviced and maintained by Air Supply LV. Now is the best time to have this maintenance done before the real heat makes its appearance. HVAC service appointments book up quickly and needing an emergency repair gets costly. Having regular maintenance done on your unit will prolong the life of your unit and save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
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If you have any questions, or need assistance with your central air conditioning unit, call Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today!