In typical Chicago fashion, Summer came at us full force. Full force as in six consecutive days of 90+ degree heat. Which probably means we have a long, hot summer ahead of us.
Around the Town Heating and Cooling has some air conditioner tips to help you keep your home cool, while also helping you save some cash.
Chicago AC maintenance and repair
Maintenance is the key to air conditioner longevity. AC systems should be inspected annually. Schedule an inspection as soon as possible before intense heat and humidity arrive on a regular basis (and knowing Chicago, it may already be too late).
Proper maintenance has plenty of advantages that will improve your AC’s safety, efficiency and performance by reducing your energy use and electricity costs, and prolonging the life of your AC system. The typical inspection of a central AC system should include checking voltage and belt condition, washing condensing unit coils, checking the drain line and confirming proper airflow of the unit.
What you can do
Getting your yearly maintenance inspection is a start, but it is not the only thing you can do. There are several things homeowners can do between their annual checkups that will keep AC systems operating at peak efficiency and safety. Systems could require new filters for AC units in constant use. If the units are operating in dusty conditions or with fur-shedding pets in the house, they could require more frequent filter change.
Replacing or cleaning your AC filters on a regular basis is one essential maintenance task. If a filter is clogged or dirty air flow will be blocked and reduce a system’s efficiency.
Most central AC filters are usually located in the return duct near the furnace or air handler. Ductless or high-velocity systems also have filters that need cleaning or replacing on a regular basis.
Other AC maintenance tips a homeowner can do is the following:
- Keep the area around the outside unit free of foliage or anything that can block airflow.
- Make sure the coils of the outside unit don’t get clogged with leaves, dust or other debris. This can affect AC efficiency. Clear the coils by spraying with a water hose.
- Check with your utility for cooling tips and ways to save on your electric bill. Some utilities offer energy-saver programs with lower rates for off-peak use of air conditioners. Many utilities also offer rebates for installing new high-efficiency AC systems.
Chicago air conditioning repair Tips are provided by Around the Town HVAC, Chicago most experienced and affordable AC repair service provider in the Chicago area. Contact Around the Town online or by calling 800-657-3710 with AC repair or replacement questions.