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Having central air conditioning in your home will keep you and your family comfortable during the hottest months of the year, providing considerable relief from the hot and humid conditions just outside your front door. Your air conditioning should last you for several years, but it's possible to prolong the life of the unit by making some simple changes to how you use it, while also being sure to perform a variety of regular maintenance tasks. Here are three ways you can get the most life out of your central air conditioning unit.
Change The Filter Regularly
Changing your central air conditioning filter on a consistent basis has a dual purpose. While many people change the filter with the intention of keeping the air inside their home as clean as possible, the added bonus is that doing so will help to prolong the life of your unit. When the filter is dirty, the A/C has to work harder to push air through it, which can prematurely age your system. Although you should always check your unit's manual to determine how frequently the manufacturer recommends making this change, it's typically appropriate to change filters about every two to three months. If you have a family pet, aim for two months due to the buildup of pet hair that can clog the filter.
Keep The Area Around The Outside Unit Clear
While you might feel tempted to plant a garden around the perimeter of the air conditioner's outside unit, doing so isn't ideal. This unit needs space to operate correctly, and if it's closely surrounded with shrubs, for example, it will have to work harder to operate. Check your manual to determine how many feet of clearance the unit needs. Additionally, when you're performing outdoor tasks such as cutting the grass, be careful to avoid blowing grass clippings in the direction of the unit, as doing so can hinder the unit's efficacy and cause it to wear prematurely.
Install A Thermostat
Hiring an electrician to install a thermostat in your home can save you money on your hydro bill each month and maximize the air conditioner's life by keeping it from working harder than necessary. A thermostat will allow you to create presets that will run the A/C to keep your home warmer when you're not at home during the day, and then cooler when you're home in the evenings and on weekends. Modern thermostats are highly programmable and many can be controlled with an app on your smartphone.
For more information on improving the efficiency of your air conditioner, talk to an electrician from a company like Plisko Electric.