When summer temperatures begin to climb, you must ensure that your air conditioner runs efficiently. It can cost you a small fortune to try and stay cool if your HVAC system is not keeping up.
In this article, we will discuss with you several different ways to ensure that your air conditioning system is running at peak performance and costing you as little as possible to run while dealing with the intense heat in the Dallas, Texas area.
Change your filters
Changing your filters is a vital part of HVAC ownership. Your unit will begin to develop many different problems if your filters become overly clogged up. One of which will be decreased efficiency and higher cost to run. The other is poor indoor air quality which we will discuss further in another post.
You should be checking and changing your filters to the manufacturer’s specifications. This means that if your filter is recommended to be changed every 90 days, it should be checked and changed every 90 days. However, some specialty filters only need to be changed once per year.
It is also possible that you will need to change your filter more often. If you smoke within your home, have animals, or live on a dirt road, you may naturally have more dirt and debris accumulate in your filters, requiring them to be changed more often.
Outdoor unit cleanliness
Another thing that you can do as a homeowner is to ensure that your outdoor unit is clean and free of debris. You will want to do your best to ensure that no excess waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, and limbs, is built up around or inside the unit.
You will also want to ensure that the coil itself is clean and free of damage. You should routinely wash your outdoor unit coils off with a garden hose. Even if the coils do not look overly dirty, there can still be excessive dirt built up between the coil fins. If you live in the Lancaster, TX area, you can contact a licensed, professional team to schedule a cleaning service where we will come to your home and clean your entire system.
You should also be aware of the condition of the fins themselves. The fins are the vertical pieces of aluminum that make up your coil. If these coils get bent over, it will restrict the airflow and will not allow the warm air to escape the unit and cool off your home.
Ensure that there is not an excess of vegetation or physical barriers preventing the unit from working as well as it should. This includes vines or bushes growing into or around your air conditioner. Also, any other units, walls, decks, or obstructions that could block the airflow going into the sides or out of the top of your outdoor unit should be addressed if possible.
Schedule routine maintenance
The best way to ensure your unit continues to operate at peak performance is to schedule routine maintenance. This will allow highly trained service technicians to inspect your air conditioning system and ensure that it is clean and operating to its peak level of performance.
Our service technicians will inspect your indoor and outdoor units, ensuring that they are clean and allowing the proper airflow through. Next, they will check your air filters to ensure that your filters are not restricting the airflow.
They will also check the refrigerant levels to ensure that your unit is running at the proper level and performing as it should and can schedule any needed HVAC repairs before they turn into a major problem.
You must ensure that your heating and air conditioning system is performing at peak performance. Not only will it help you stay cool through the summer heat, but a properly running system also saves you money by not having to work as hard to cool your home off. That is why it is so important for you to set up a maintenance call for all of your summer tune-up needs.
At Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling and Heating, we provide repairs, maintenance, installations, replacements and even 24 hour emergency services so that you will never be without a functioning air conditioner. Family-owned and operated since 1965, Dial One Johnson has been a trusted company in the Cedar Hill and Dallas area for over 50 years. If you need service or replacement, contact us today!