Air Conditioner UpKeep Tips

A little regular upkeep can go along way. So before you schedule a maintenance visit, here are some things to be aware of that can help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner. Change or clean the air filters The most important maintenance task that will improve the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean the air filters. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. If you’re unsure of the type of filter to use, HVAC Dealer can recommend one based on your specific system. For all other filter sizes, HVAC Dealer will check, clean, or replace them at your annual maintenance visit. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your air conditioner is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact your HVAC Dealer to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system. Clean the air conditioner’s coils The air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over time. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. To avoid these problems, your HVAC Dealer will check and clean your air conditioner’s coils, if necessary, at your annual maintenance visit. Remove debris from the unit Over time, things like leaves, dirt and grass clippings will build up on the outside of your air conditioner, decreasing system capacity and reducing airflow. You should trim any shrubs or other plants back from around the air...

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS: NADCA

In March 2016 NADCA released the white paper “Restoring Energy Efficiency Through HVAC Air Distribution System Cleaning,” which demonstrated how to measure improvements in HVAC energy performance after HVAC cleaning. A task force of NADCA members was then formed to take measurements in the field before and after HVAC cleaning jobs to determine the effect cleaning has on energy...

3 TIPS ON REMOVING DUST

ROUTINE CLEAN UP Vacuuming: vacuuming your home twice a week is highly recommended. Sweeping: be sure to sweep your hardwood floors at least once a week. Dusting: be sure dust your blinds, countertops, book shelves, above appliances, etc. Washing: wash all of your bed sheets, curtains, pillow sheets, and other clothes or materials that you use on a regular basis. Scrubbing: be sure to scrub you walls. A lot of people don’t realize that dust accumulates even on the walls. Vent Cleaning: be sure to get your ducts cleaned every 2 to 5 years. DON’T LET DUST IN Don’t let the doors stay open too much Ensure cracks and holes are sealed within windows Keep your household shoes outside Avoid wearing the clothes you wear for work inside your house AIR FILTERS Change your air filters: replace your air filters 1 to 3 months Get an air humidifier: be sure to move the air humidifier from room to room, as it only picks up dust from the room that it is in.   If you have more questions feel free to ask us at...

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