Gordon’s Heating & Air is here to share six quick and easy tips to extend the functional lifespan of your air conditioner unit before the Southeast Georgia heat arrives.
1. Change The Air Filters
The majority of air filters should be changed monthly, but specific air filters can go two to three months between changes. The frequency of air filter changes depends on the filter type used and your specific air conditioner unit. If you’re unsure when the air filter should be changed, or what type to use, contact a technician with Gordon’s Heating & Air for assistance.
2. Give The Outdoor Unit Breathing Room
The AC condenser, which is the outdoor unit, is designed and built to withstand most weather conditions but it certainly benefits from breathing room. It’s recommended to provide at least 24 inches of open space surrounding the unit. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed to prevent anything from brushing or growing against the unit. Also, be sure to mow away from the air condenser to stop grass clippings from blowing inside the unit.
3. Clean Your Ducts
The air ducts and ductwork in a home can contribute to a shortened lifespan without regular care. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris build up inside the ducts and restrict the airflow to the rest of the home. The buildup raises the pressure gradient and causes the unit to work harder to force air through, increasing the likelihood of needing an AC repair. Duct cleaning should be done annually, preferably before it’s time to turn on the a/c again. Additionally, by giving a deep clean to the air ducts you will enjoy improved indoor air quality with less dust and minuscule particles floating in the air.
4. Use Window Treatments
By hanging or installing window treatments the life of an air conditioner can be extended. By drawing blinds, curtains, and/or shades during the hottest hours of the day, the temperature in your home or business lowers. Thereby, reducing the amount of cycling required of the HVAC unit.
5. Give The Air Conditioner A Break
If you’re planning a spring or summer vacation, plan on giving the air conditioner a break during that time. If you don’t already use a programmable or smart thermostat, now is the time to have one installed by a Gordon’s Heating & Air technician. These modern thermostats adjust the indoor temperature on a set schedule which allows the home or business to remain comfortable without sacrificing the health of the unit.