Air Conditioner Tips for Homeowners
Homeowners rely on their air conditioning systems to keep their homes comfortable and just plain livable, when outdoor temperatures soar in the summertime. From installing a new unit to troubleshooting your existing air conditioning system, you can benefit from some air conditioning knowledge which will help you keep your home at the perfect temperature all summer long. To find the right model and keep your air conditioner working at its best, follow these air conditioner tips.
If your old air conditioner is on its way out or your home is in need of an upgrade, a new air conditioner installation will provide the cooling you need to stay comfortable. There are many brands and models to choose from — how do you go about evaluating your choices? We suggest our customers take a look at these criteria to help make a decision:
- Size: The size of an air conditioner will determine how efficiently it will work in your home and if it will be capable of cooling your spaces. Air conditioners that are too small or too large will not work effectively. We recommend consulting our technicians to help you determine the appropriate size of your new air conditioner.
- Efficiency: The efficiency of your new unit will affect your cooling costs for the duration of its service life. Look for the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating, an indication of the model’s efficiency.
- Special features: Many models of air conditioners have special features that enhance performance, durability, and convenience. You may benefit from selecting a unit that offers quiet operation, or feel more comfortable choosing one that offers superior component technology — the options are seemingly endless.
Make sure your air conditioner is ready to work hard during the summer months by scheduling a professional maintenance tune-up in the spring. Technicians thoroughly inspect your system and provide the care your system’s crucial components need, such as lubricating moving parts and cleaning blower chambers. Just like your car, your air conditioner needs some regular attention to keep it going the extra mile. Also, schedule air conditioner coil cleaning to remove dirt and grime that can be hindering your system’s ability to keep you cool.
In addition to professional maintenance, here are a few things you should be doing regularly to keep your air conditioner performing at its best.
- Change air filters at least every three months.
- Keep the area around your outdoor unit clear of debris, vegetation, and yard waste.
- Keep your condensate drain clean and free of clogs.
While many air conditioner problems require professional help to solve, there are some minor issues you can handle yourself to get your unit back up and running sooner, and save money by avoiding a repair bill.
- Condenser not running? First check to see that the system has power; make sure there are no tripped breakers or blown fuses. Next, check your thermostat for power; replace batteries if necessary. Make sure it is set to ‘cool’ and its temperature setting is lower than the temperature of the home.
- Condenser turning on and off frequently? Make sure the unit is getting proper air flow; clean the area around the condenser by removing debris and cutting back vegetation.