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Top 3 Home Air Conditioning Tips

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For most of us the air conditioning system that keeps our homes cool during the hot summer days is out of sight and out of mind until there’s an unexpected problem. However, there’s no need to wait for an expensive issue to ensure it’s working effectively. Follow these Top 3 Home Air Conditioning Tips to help you enjoy efficient and uninterrupted performance all summer long.

1. Preventative Maintenance

Regularly scheduled maintenance on air conditioning systems can help prevent problems as well as extend the life of the equipment. To keep the A/C running smoothly, just like routine maintenance on your vehicle, stay on track with a checklist of monthly and annual tasks. Start by diligently changing air filters at least every three months, or more frequently if you have four legged furry ones and/or severe allergies.

2. Watch the Landscaping

Many homeowners are tempted to camouflage the outdoor A/C equipment with shrubs, grass or flowers to increase a property’s curb appeal. If you’re not careful about the landscaping around the condensing unit, you could very well be compromising its effectiveness. Regularly clear away debris, including leaves and grass clippings, from the top and sides to avoid damage, and maintain a 2-foot clearance around the machine so airflow is not restricted to maximize efficiency and thus better interior cooling.

3. Preseason Inspections

Before seasons change, give the system a once over and pay close attention to what you see, feel and hear. Excessive noise, minimal airflow and high humidity can all be a sign of a much larger issue that requires attention. A qualified expert can help identify issues as well as remove debris from air conditioner coils, and show you how to clean the condensate drain and much more.

Ultimately – your home air conditioner’s ability to perform throughout the hot summer months largely depends on how well you maintain it. With a little time and effort, you can lower summer energy costs and keep your cooling system in tip-top shape.

Do you have more tips to share with our readers? Please feel free to chime in below under the comments section.

Special thanks to AAA Carolinas for inspiring this article.