3 A/C Maintenance Tasks to Master
There’s no doubt that homeowners value their air conditioning units. Let’s be honest, there truly is not better feeling than to open the front door on a sweltering hot day, and be hit in the face by that cool, crisp air. But like all mechanical systems, your air conditioner will certainly require a bit of TLC from natural wear and tear every once in awhile.
- Changing Air Filters – Not only does a dirty filter cause your system to run poorly, but it also affects your indoor air quality as well. Cleaning or replacing filters monthly is essential, but choosing HEPA filters, or those with a higher (minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) can help keep your system clear of debris as well.
- Detecting Air Leaks – A leaky duct system can account for up to a 30% loss of cool airflow. This is one of the reasons why window units are not as effective as a central air system, as it’s difficult to fully seal them in place. The best way to find a leak is to light a stick of incense and hold it up to the seams of your ducts or where your window A/C meets the frame. If the smoke moves about, you’ve got a leak!
- Insulating Your Home – While this isn’t a maintenance task directly associated with the unit itself, making sure your home is properly insulated can improve the efficiency of your system. Using spray foam or batt insulation, make sure your attic and crawl spaces well-insulated.
While being your own maintenance man might work for smaller air conditioner issues, it’s best to leave the larger problems to the pros. Hiring a professional to handle your cooling system’s upkeep ensures that the right procedures will be followed, using reliable industry tools and technologies.
If your air conditioner is due for maintenance, all Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC in Milford, CT to assist. Just give us a call at 203-378-4700 or contact us online.