Your Florida air conditioner system is one of the most precious pieces of equipment in your home, it is also one of the most expensive. Although air conditioning units, especially new ones, have a decent overall lifespan there are things you can do at home to help extend the life of your air conditioner. A well-maintained AC unit will save you time, headaches and money over the years. To help extend the life of your air conditioner there are several things to consider:
Change your air filters: When was the last time you changed out your air filters inside your home? This seemingly simple task can have profound effects on your HVAC system. A dirty air filter means that your HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air throughout your home. When you replace your air filters make sure to clean the vents and put a calendar reminder in your phone, per the filter directions, as to when you will need to change them out again to stay on top of this task.
Keep the outdoor unit clean: The system outside your house is at the mercy of the Floridian elements. Throughout the year debris, bugs or other critters can find their way inside and around the unit. Be sure the area is clean and can be easily accessed. A poorly maintained outside unit can result in poor efficiency and eventually decrease the average life of an air conditioner.
Clear your AC drain line: Your AC unit removes moisture from your home in the summer and as hot as Florida summers get, there can be a lot of buildup in your drain line during those months. There are numerous DIY ways to clear your drain line that you can Google. However, if you have never cleared your AC drain line yourself before, be sure to call or ask a certified AC tech during your next AC tune-up to show you how to properly do this.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat can help you save energy, money and time. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you can customize your cooling and heating day and night.
Get regular maintenance: This is not a sales pitch. Getting regular maintenance on your HVAC unit is one of the most imperative things you should do if you want your unit to run efficiently year-round and increase the overall lifespan of the unit itself. In the long run, bi-yearly or yearly maintenance will decrease energy expenditure and save money.
By following the tips above, you will be on your way to extending the overall lifespan of your HVAC system. Still have concerns about your unit? If you have questions about your air conditioning unit or are in need of a repair, replacement or maintenance call 727-433-9853 or schedule an appointment online. Our trained technicians at Mason Air Conditioning & Heating will evaluate your AC unit and provide you with a professional recommendation for whatever your needs are.