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Keep Your AC in Tip-Top Shape

Published on: November 15, 2020
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Top Tips For Your Home Air Conditioner

Do you want to have the coolest, most energy-efficient air conditioner in town? Then steal some of these pro tips for your home air conditioner.  These simple tips will help extend the life of your air conditioner and keep your home cooler.

Replace Filters Regularly – Air Conditioner Tips

When your air filter becomes clogged with dirt, it reduces your AC’s efficiency.  Most air filters should be replaced every month, but check your manufacturer’s recommendations.  However, always replace your filter when it is visibly dirty.

Check For Air Duct Leaks

Air duct leaks spout cold air in unwanted locations. The result is higher energy bills to cool your home properly.  To check for leaks, have your HVAC system on full blast.  Locate spots where two air ducts connect.  Place your hand near the joints.  If you feel air, you have a leak.  Mark the leak with a grease pencil so you can find it later.

Seal Up Air Duct Leaks

Once you’ve located an air duct leak, you will need to seal it.  You can seal a leak by wrapping it in foil-faced taped or applying mastic.  The pros do not recommend sealing a leak with duct tape.  If you see duct tape on your air duct, remove it, check for a leak, and seal up properly.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Modern thermostats, like the Carrier Infinity® System Control, have a 7-day programmable feature.  Programming your thermostat to a higher temperature when you typically are away reduces energy costs.  Additionally, the less your air conditioner runs, the less wear and tear.  

Keep Your Home Shaded

You can further help extend the life of your air conditioner by reducing direct sunlight into your home’s interior.  During the warmest months of the year, close blinds and keep shades drawn. Planting trees and installing awnings on the south-facing side of your property can also help reduce sun exposure.

Schedule Annual Maintenance 

A yearly inspection and maintenance of your air conditioner is one of the best ways to extend the life and to ensure the top performance of your HVAC unit.

Find a Carrier or Bryant Dealer Near You

If you need more professional tips for your home air conditioner, then contact a Carrier or Bryant deal near you.  Air Conditioning Southeast locates experienced and trusted air conditioning technicians in your area. Find a dealer now.