Thursday, July 9, 2020

Our Top Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Now that summer has finally arrived, you will likely find yourself using your home's air conditioner frequently to keep your family cool. In order to ensure that your air conditioner runs reliably throughout the hot weeks that are still to come, it is critical that you perform maintenance on your HVAC system to keep it performing optimally. In order to reduce your chances of encountering problems with your HVAC system when you need it most, here is a look at a few critical air conditioning maintenance steps that you should take this summer. 

Change The Filter

While this may seem obvious, it is important that you do not underestimate how critical it is to replace your air conditioner's filter frequently. When your air filter is dirty, this restricts the airflow to your HVAC system, causing your air conditioner to have to work harder to cool your home. Not only can this lead to increased energy costs, but it can also put added stress on your air conditioner's components. This can cause your air conditioner to break down when you need it most, leading to costly repairs. You should then replace your air filter frequently as directed by your system's manufacturer (generally every 1-3 months).

Clean The Return Air Ducts
In addition to replacing your air filter, it is also important that you take the time to clean your return air duct covers. Duct covers that are clogged with dust and dirt will also block airflow to your air conditioner, which can reduce your AC system's efficiency and life expectancy. Try to make of habit of cleaning these return vents every time you dust your house. 

Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Of course, the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the coming summer months is to schedule an AC tune-up. During a professional HVAC tune-up service, an HVAC technician will inspect your air conditioner to make sure that it is running properly, and, if necessary, they will perform maintenance and repairs in order to ensure optimal performance this summer, which can save you money in the long-run.

Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for more advice on steps that you can take to maintain your HVAC system this summer.