We’re on the verge of spring, which means millions of Americans are making preparations for spring cleaning. Despite this pro-maintenance attitude, few Americans take proactive measures to maintain their air conditioning systems at this time. If your systems are taken care of now, some detailed focused thinking and preventative maintenance might end up saving you a lot of money on mid-summer breakdowns and pricey air conditioning repair. These five suggestions, which should be implemented this spring, can keep your air conditioner in good shape for the long haul while saving you a lot of money on repairs and replacement parts.Learn more by visiting Klondike Air, Inc.
During the winter, many people choose to disconnect their systems. This saves a lot of money by reducing phantom electrical usage; when small amounts of electricity seep into a plug, it adds up over time and costs a lot of money. Allow 24 hours after you plug back in after the winter to properly turn your system back on. If you strive too hard too soon, your compressor may overload or suffer additional wear and tear. Air conditioning parts (particularly compressors) are costly; there’s no point in wasting them. Wait patiently until the appointed time.
Vents and Ducts
Make a point of paying special attention to the air vents in each area when you’re doing your spring cleaning. If they’re blocked or obscured by furniture, clothes, storage objects, or anything, remove the impediment. These impediments not only prohibit treated air from entering a room, but they also make the air conditioner work harder to compensate. Repair any ductwork holes as well. Leaky ducts could result in hundreds of dollars in additional expenses owing to lost air.
Don’t Play With It Don’t fiddle with the thermostat too much. The weather in the spring can be chilly at times and warm at others. Find a comfortable seasonal temperature and set your thermostat at that setting for the entire season. Turning it up and down, then back up again wastes the energy needed to get the system started. By not fiddling with your system and maintaining a comfortable setting, you may save money and reduce your environmental effect.
Shrubs and Plants
For the eastern and western areas of the home’s facade, hang potted plants or purchase tall shrubberies. The plants will provide shade, preventing the sun from heating up your home, as well as insulation, keeping the treated air inside. Installing them now gives the plant time to mature and become more effective in preparation for the approaching summer. Consider planting taller, thicker bushes or trees for a longer-term solution. The initial investment is substantial, and they take time to mature; however, the payback is substantial if you persevere.
Appointments at a Young Age
Schedule your air conditioning servicing soon, before the contractors’ schedules fill up at the start of the spring season. You won’t always be able to find an appointment that fits your schedule throughout the summer. Air conditioning professionals now have more time to accommodate your schedule, time to thoroughly answer any questions you may have, and appliance components are far less expensive than during peak seasons. To avoid midsummer woes, make your appointment as soon as possible.