The temperatures are climbing, and the last thing you want in the summer heat is an air conditioner that is not working as well as it should. Not only can a poorly functioning air conditioner fail to keep your home at a comfortably cool temperature, it can also result in your electric bills sky-rocketing if your air conditioner is constantly running. You don't have to live in a home that is too warm this summer--use the following tips to ensure that your air conditioner runs efficiently:
Get Your Air Conditioner Tuned Up by an HVAC Company
Air conditioning units typically do not require extensive maintenance, but you can't ignore your air conditioner year after year and expect it to work as well as it did when it is new. It is highly recommended that you have your air conditioner serviced by a professional at least once a year; plan on having your air conditioner tuned up during the spring months so you can rest assured that it will work well in the summer months when you need it most. During a comprehensive air conditioner tune-up, an HVAC professional will check coolant levels, calibrate the thermostat, inspect wiring, clean and lubricate parts, and test the compressor. If any problems are found, you will have time to have repairs made before it gets too hot.
Make Sure There are No Leaks in Your Air Ducts
Air ducts play an important role in distributing cool air conditioned air throughout your home, but they can also be a source of problems if they have leaks. In most houses, there are ducts that lead to the air conditioning unit and ducts that lead into your home. If there are leaks in the ducts leading into your home, the cold air you are paying for can seep through the cracks into the outdoors. When there are leaks in the ducts leading to the air conditioning unit, dust and debris can get into the unit and cause damage. Either way, air duct leaks can put pressure on your air conditioning system, making it a lot less efficient.
Change Your Air Filter Regularly
One of the easiest ways to boost your air conditioner's efficiency is to simply change your air filter. A clogged, dirty air filter restricts air flow, and makes your air conditioner work much harder to cool and distribute air through the ducts in your home. Changing an air filter is a something that most people can do on their own, and air filters can typically be purchased inexpensively at a home improvement store. There is no exact timeline to how often you should change your air filter, but if you inspect it and can't see light through it because it is too dirty, that is a good sign that it needs to be replaced.
To learn more about heating and cooling services, contact a company like Blue Ridge Services.