When I first had my air conditioning systems installed, I wasn’t too aware as to how to properly maintain them. Over the course of time, I saw that my bills were becoming slightly larger and larger as the months went by. I wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong! I made sure that I always had the same temperature set for the same amount of time during the day, but I kept paying more on each consecutive energy bill. I wasn’t able to figure out any solutions until I asked my contractor friend for some advice. What I found out was surprising, and it only required a few simple things to remember.
The most important factor, I was told, was to always pay attention to the filters on the units. Over the course of time, the filters in your cooling unit will build up a large amount of dust and debris. If this goes overlooked, you could find yourself in need of air conditioning repair. Fortunately, I was able to catch this problem before it really blew up in my face, costing me a hefty amount of money. If you change your filters on a regular basis, you could find yourself saving anywhere from five to fifteen percent on your utility bills. Think about how much money you could save over the course of the year by simply replacing filters on your air conditioning units. By investing in quality filters, you will quickly pay off the cost of the filters themselves and then go on to save more money.
If you have an outdoor cooling unit, maintenance is extremely simple as well. You’ll normally find that lots of trees and plants will spread their seeds and excess foliage during the spring and summer months. By simply inspecting the top of the unit, you can see if there is any buildup of any sort. Just as dust and dirt from inside of your house can clog up your HVAC unit, the dirt and debris from the outside world can hinder the efficiency of your cooling unit, costing you not only in higher bills and less efficiency, but could also cause potential damage which would lead to costly repairs. The outdoor units won’t even need filters replaced, as many of them can be simply cleaned by using a common garden hose to rinse off any excess dirt and debris. If you need to clean the outside coil on the unit, mix some water with any brand of detergent. Spray the coil unit and wait for an hour before you rinse it off with a direct spray of water.
With these extremely simple solutions in mind, you can save yourself a large amount of money over the year, as well as maintain the life of your original heating and cooling units, which will save you from having to undergo any sort of heating repair. If you ever have any questions about what else you can do as far as preventative maintenance goes, be sure to contact your local heating and cooling repair company.