The Importance of Proper Air Conditioner Care

An Air Conditioner Tuneup Can Reduce Repair Costs

Any time the temperature changes should serve as a reminder you need to address your home's heating and cooling system.It's important to keep your air conditioning unit running at the top of its game, and you can do that by working with a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioner (HVAC) professional skilled in helping you get all you can out of your air conditioner unit.

Regular Maintenance

Taking correct care of your air conditioner on a regular basis extends the useful product life while reducing the severity and frequency of problems.

According to Energy Star, you should always maintain your HVAC system to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. You can keep your cooling at peak performance by having a contractor do an annual pre-season check-up. Contractors get busy once summer comes, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring before the weather heats up.

Proper Maintenance

A typical maintenance checkup for your HVAC system should include the following:

Additional help for your air conditioner

In between seasonal tuneups to your air conditioner, we recommend the following tips:

  • Throughout the cooling season, you check, clean, and replace the HVAC filters in your system. Like those in your car's engine, a dirty and clogged air filter can slow down your system and cause it to work harder than it should.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which can control the temperature when you're not in the home or at night when you are sleeping.
  • Use weather stripping and caulking to plug the air leaks throughout your home. Your air conditioning system has to work harder if heat continues to infiltrate the home.
  • Install curtains and shades on south-facing windows to help keep the sun's direct heat from entering the home. Appropriately placed trees, awnings, and vegetation are also good options for outside your home.
  • Ceiling fans help redirect air throughout your home and force cooler air into the house and exhaust hot air out on cooler days and nights when you can turn your air conditioning off.
  • Switch your incandescent light bulbs to LEDs, which not only use less energy but give off far less heat. Changing the light bulbs over your kitchen table can make a difference in the temperature of a room.
  • Inspect your dryer to make sure it is venting outside properly to keep hot air from re-entering the house.
  • You can give your air conditioner a longer lifespan and protect yourself from unexpected repair bills with a protection plan from Direct Energy®. Browse our cooling protection plans or call us at 1-888-733-1683 for more information.

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