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Change Your Filter

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to ensure your air conditioner is working optimally is to regularly change your air filter.  Air filters help keep the interior of your air handler and ducts clean and free of dirt and other debris.  They also keep those irritants out of the air you breathe!

Air filters come in a range of sizes and styles. Before you head to the store, be sure to check your current size, or take an old one with you.  Air filters can be found at any home improvement store and many general merchandise retailers.

There are many brands and styles of air filters.  To determine the one best suited to your needs, here is a helpful article by Consumer Reports.

Clean the Exterior

Your air conditioner pulls in exterior air through your outdoor condenser unit.  When this outdoor air is pulled into the unit, debris often gets stuck in the fins.  You may notice leaves, small sticks, grass and other bits stuck to the outside of your unit.  All of these things reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner.

Cleaning your condenser is a relatively easy task.  Following a few easy steps will help your air conditioner run more efficiently when you need it.

You will first want to shut off power to the unit.  After you have done that, you’ll want to focus on cleaning the debris off the fins surrounding your condenser.  You can remove larger pieces by hand, and use a vacuum with a soft bristle brush for the rest. Be sure to work gently around the fins, as they are easily bent.  For further cleaning tips, you may want to refer to the owner’s manual for your air conditioner.

Professional Maintenance Check

One of the best ways to ensure your air conditioner is working properly is to schedule an annual maintenance check and tune up with your local professional.  They will be able to check and clean parts of your air conditioner that you can’t easily access. They can also recommend any maintenance or repairs that will prevent your unit from breaking when you need it most.

If you live in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, or South Carolina, Air Conditioning Southeast can help you locate a local professional.

Additional Tips

Making small adjustments in your home can help your air conditioner run more efficiently.  

One of the easiest steps you can take is to control the light and heat that comes in your home.  Keeping blinds closed, especially when direct sunlight shines through them, can help cool your space.  Most people don’t realize how much heat comes in through windows when the sunlight shines directly. Adjusting blinds is an inexpensive and easy way to keep your home cooler.

Programmable thermostats come in a variety of types.  Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule your thermostat to be most comfortable when you need it.  You can set the schedule to keep your home warmer during the afternoon, for example. This is when air temperatures typically are warmest, and many people are at work and do not need their home as cool.  You can then program your thermostat to have your home at a comfortable temperature when you arrive home.

Programmable thermostats are typically an easy DIY installation, or you can have your local professional install one for you.

With a few easy steps, you can keep your air conditioner performing optimally when you need it.  ACSoutheast.com allows you to locate a local professional who can help!

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