How To Take Care Of Your Air Conditioner For A Longer Life

Just like any other equipment, your air conditioning system will perform better and last longer when you take care of it. As trusted Bay Area heat and air installation experts, we want to help our customers understand how to take care of their equipment, so that it will perform efficiently and last as long as possible.

First of all, how does an A/C system work? Without going into great detail, it removes heat from the air inside your home and takes it outside through the use of an outdoor fan. Next, an indoor fan pulls the air inside your home across a refrigerant filled evaporator coil which cools the air and places the cool air inside your home. As you can see, the fans play a big role in moving the hot air out, and circulating cool air inside your home, one reason that the importance of frequent filter replacement is stressed so often.

The filter plays an important part in cleaning the air, which means it gets clogged with dust, dirt, and other airborne particles much quicker than you would think. When the fans try to pull air through a filter that is clogged, it’s harder on your system. The fan works harder, which means you pay more in energy costs.

It’s also important that you check the fan in the outdoor unit to ensure it is free of vegetation and other growth, and away from shrubs. Providing plenty of open space around your unit and clearing it of leaves and dirt will ensure it runs efficiently.

Many people adjust their thermostat up and down throughout the day, which isn’t a good idea. When you leave it set at a consistent temperature, it doesn’t have to work as hard. Again, this saves wear and tear on your A/C system, and saves you money.

While you may not think about it, certain appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens, and dishwashers generate a lot of heat, and can even make the air more humid. This is why it’s best to run these appliances in the early morning hours, before the temperatures rise. Operating these appliances in the heat of the day will only tax your air conditioner further.

We all enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but in summer months doing something as simple as closing your drapes or pulling shades can save you as much as 20% on cooling costs, as sunlight streaming in through windows can really heat up your home.

Those in the Bay Area including San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward, and other communities can keep your homes more comfortable, increase the life of your air conditioning system, and save on energy costs by taking the simple steps described above.

For more tips on taking care of your A/C system, contact the Bay area HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning. We help you take care of your equipment, so it can take care of you!