When you have a centralized air conditioning system for your home, the time to get service on your system is before you need it. Before the weather in your area becomes hot and humid, it's important to make sure that your system is cleaned and ready for the work ahead. While you can help by removing any dirt and debris from around the outside of your unit, and making sure any vents are not blocked, only a professional will be able to get your system running efficiently for the season. With proper maintenance, you will avoid the more expensive costs of emergency repairs if your system breaks down in a heat wave.
Your Air Ducts and Filters Get Cleaned
Small rodents, dust and debris can all collect in your air ducts when they are not in use. A professional will come and clean out your air ducts, making sure there are no obstructions that will block the air flow in your ducts. In addition, your air filters will need to be changed to ensure that your system works well. Clean air filters promote system efficiency. When your air filters are dirty, it will cost you more money to cool your home than if they are clean.
Your System Gets Adjusted, Filled and Lubricated
There are a number of moving parts within your air conditioning unit, and they all need to be properly adjusted and lubricated. A technician will check the coolant levels and make sure your system is running smoothly. Any belts that are cracked will be replaced, and your system will be ready for the hot weather. A system that lays dormant for a number of months without maintenance, is more likely to break within a few days of use.
How You Can Help Your System Run More Efficiently
Once you have your system serviced, you can help your home remain cool by making sure the air can flow freely from room to room. Check your ceiling fans, and turn them on when your air conditioner is running. This will help even out the temperature in your home, keeping it cool throughout the hot summer days. In addition, you can close shades during the hot part of the day to keep hot air out, and open up windows at night when the weather cools down.
When you have an air conditioning system, get it serviced before the spring rush to avoid problems.