Your Standby in the Summer
Keeping your air conditioner in top shape around the summer is an important practice. While the good weather means plenty of fun and activities to be had outside, having your air conditioner ready at home can provide you with a cool, dry refuge from the heat. Whether it’s taking a break from the sun, or trying to get comfortable before going to sleep, dropping the temperature by a couple degrees can feel like a blessing. But, without proper handling of your HVAC services, your air conditioner runs the risk of running inefficiently or giving out. Siv Air has got you covered with highly qualified repair technicians to get your air conditioner back up and running in case of a problem, there are plenty of tips and tricks we recommend at home to keep your air conditioner from landing you in an inconvenient situation.
Keep A Scheduled Service Date For Your Air Conditioner
When winter comes to a close, it can help to have a regularly scheduled tuneup of your HVAC services.. The lifespan of your air conditioner depends on the regularity that a technician inspects and services your unit to ensure that you are getting optimal air flow and that all the parts to your air conditioner are in working condition.
Clean and Replace Your Air Filter Regularly
As your air conditioner cycles the air through your home, old air passes through an HVAC filter. This filter helps to catch particles and pollutants in the air that may not only damage the air conditioner itself, but your health as well! Make sure to familiarize yourself with the filter that your air conditioner uses. There are often several grades of filter, specialised for use in the homes of people with allergen sensitivity, respiratory disease, or other special circumstances. Some of these filters can be cleaned, and some can’t, so be sure to check the directions on maintaining each filter.
A general rule of thumb is to check your filter every 90 days, or about half that time with pets in the house. You can easily associate this kind of maintenance with other regular household duties, major house cleaning or making rent or credit payments.
Personal Air Conditioner and Duct Maintenance
Besides changing your air filter, there are many things you can do to keep your air conditioner in peak condition without a visit from your AC specialist.
When changing your filter, inspect the duct and vent to ensure that each is clean and free of obstruction, such as dust buildup. Any duct that runs to a room of your home can be similarly inspected by simply removing the vent cover and checking inside to make sure everything is clean and functional. Don’t forget that your vent cover often has an option to open or close slightly to change the amount of air flow, and should be adjusted accordingly.
Checking these ducts can also help expose any air leaks or early signs of pest invasion, before they become problems. Gaps in the ducting can be easily repaired with a roll of aluminum tape, and will help reduce the workload placed on your air conditioner. Evidence of pest activity, such as droppings, can be addressed with traps or a call to a pest control specialist.
Your air conditioner itself can also be inspected and maintained with ease. For instance, you can check the coolant pipes that run to your air conditioner, and ensure that they are free of tears or decomposure. Old insulation material can be replaced just as easily as an air filter. If you use an outdoor air conditioner unit, you should also make sure to keep the surrounding area free and clear of any obstruction. Keep the unit raised above any grass or dirt at the base by at least a few centimeters, and make sure not to keep any plants or other objects within half a meter of the air conditioner.
You can also inspect morer in-depth issues with your unit:
- Check your air conditioner for excess moisture, which may be associated with a clogged condensation line. Keeping this moisture under control can help prevent other damages such as mould.
- While the air conditioner is off, check the wiring in the condensing unit of the air conditioner for signs of wear or fraying, which will help prevent electrical failure.
- Inspect the fins of the condenser coils to make sure they are straight and clean.
These matters will likely require the attention of an HVAC professional, but at least you can get an idea of where problems may be lurking ahead of time and save yourself headaches in the long run!
Simple Home Insulation and Reducing Energy Use
When the hot weather approaches, the best measures to take in reducing the workload of your air conditioner are to keep the cool air in and hot air out. Keep doors and windows closed up tight, and make sure they are properly insulated. Close any curtains or blinds you may have on your windows, to keep radiant heat from the sun out. You may also opt for window treatments, which reduce the amount of heat that passes through them.
Try not to use anything in your home that would generate heat during the day. This includes running the oven or stove, or even having too many lights on. You may also choose a low or no heat option when washing dishes or clothes. Generally, reducing the amount of energy your home is using while the air conditioner is running will also help deter electrical issues and reduce costs.
You may also use additional fans, such as a ceiling fan or standing fan, to help cycle the air in a room. However, it should be noted to keep tabs on the energy being used, and only operate these fans in rooms that are occupied.
Smart Air Conditioner Use
Keeping the air conditioner from overworking itself can be difficult to approach, especially for those who plan to go out during the day. There’s no reason to leave the air conditioner running if nobody is at home. However, you also shouldn’t turn the air conditioner on too low later in the day, when it’s already hot, as it takes a lot of energy to cool a hot room than to keep a room cool.
You may opt for a programmable thermostat, which will help keep the pressure off your air conditioner by simply raising the temperature by a few degrees when the house will be empty, then it can begin cooling things off about a half of an hour before your return. Using more manual means, it helps to cool off the house in a graduated manner. Start at a few degrees under the current temperature, and slowly decrease the temperature by half of an hour.
Call on the Experts
At Siv Air, our qualified technicians have the expertise needed to diagnose and repair faulty systems to get them back to peak performance. We also offer hydro clean services to improve the overall efficiency of your system and flush out pollutants, dirt and other contaminants that can lurk in your air conditioning unit.
We know how important it is to keep your home cool and keep your energy bills low. Whether it’s for a small bedroom, large living area or commercial space, Siv Air can not only install but supply you with affordable air conditioning systems from brands you can trust. If it’s time to upgrade that old AC unit, we’ve got you covered.
Contact us to learn more about how our air conditioning and refrigeration services can help you stay cool all year long.