You rely on your AC unit to help you weather the intense Florida climate in comfort. Whether your current AC unit brand new, several years old, or may need to be replaced soon, there are a handful of ways you can get the most out of your investment and extend the life of the unit.
1. Change your HVAC filters
Changing your AC filters on a monthly basis is one of the easiest ways to extend the longevity of your AC unit. When the filter is clear, air can easily pass through which in turn improves its efficiency and helps lower your energy costs. Generally, it is recommended to replace filters every 30-60 days, depending on how often the system is in use.
2. Clear the area around the outside unit
Planting shrubbery or other foliage by the outside unit can help it look less utilitarian as well as provide much-needed shade. However, doing so can result in blocking crucial vents and reduce the life of your AC unit. Instead, make sure you keep 12 to 18 inches of clearance on all sides. Check the unit regularly to make sure that leaves, debris, and twigs are not blocking the vents and that there is at least a foot of clearance for your unit.
3. Invest in a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat provides an increased level of flexibility to suit your busy lifestyle. By programming it to maintain a basic temperature while you are out of the house and setting parameters for the temperature you want your house to be when you return home, you can save money on your energy bills. Your AC unit also won’t have to work as hard because you aren’t switching the unit off and on at varying times.
4. Make Lifestyle Changes
Appliances, lights, and electronics such as your television all emit heat and can increase the temperature inside the home. Remember to turn off lights and electronics when they are not in use, and consider running appliances such as dishwashers and clothes dryers during cooler times of the day — such as early morning or at night. Otherwise, the AC system will need to run harder to compensate for the rise in indoor temperature which can put a strain on the unit over time.
5. Keep to a maintenance schedule
Having your AC unit maintained by a professional at least twice a year saves you money and helps it last longer. During these preventative maintenance visits, the HVAC technician will be able to address any potential issues before they get larger. Investing in a maintenance program is a cost-effective way to ensure your system gets the professional attention it needs to run at its best, and it also decreases the likelihood of emergency repairs.
If you have an AC unit that isn’t performing at its best or needs to be replaced, contact AC Designs. Our team of experienced professionals serving Jacksonville and all of Northeast Florida will work tirelessly to ensure your investment is properly taken care of.