At the End of Cooling Season, Keep on Maintaining
It may be September, but hot weather is still keeping air conditioners humming across Pasadena. It’s important to continue maintaining your air conditioner until the very last day of the cooling season. Neglecting your system will result in opens in a new windowhigher energy bills and a decrease in your comfort. These end of cooling season tips will help you keep your air conditioner humming efficiently until the very end of the summer.
Check Your Air Filter
A dirty opens in a new windowair filter is one of the most common causes of air conditioner breakdowns. Every month, inspect the air filter in your air conditioner. When it’s dirty, it’s time to replace it with a clean, pleated filter to ensure proper air flow, prevent dust from building up inside your system and help improve your indoor air quality.
Keep it Clean
Dust buildup inside your air conditioner can result in the premature failure of essential components. Keep the area around your air conditioner free of dust to help keep the inside of your unit clean. Hose down the outdoor unit every month to remove dirt and debris from the metal fins.
The ideal time for your annual A/C tuneup is in the spring, but it’s never too late to benefit from preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC professional. A comprehensive tuneup will increase system efficiency to save you money on cooling costs, prevent the need for repairs and replacement, and extend the life of your system.
Help Your A/C
There are several things you can do to lighten the load for your air conditioner to lower your utilities and give your system a break.
- Use heat-generating appliances during cooler parts of the day.
- Keep your window shades closed during the day to keep the heat out.
- opens in a new windowUse your ceiling fans to help you feel cooler.
- Seal air leaks to keep conditioned air in and hot air out.
For more expert advice about keeping your system operating efficiently toward the end of cooling season, please feel free to contact us at opens in a new windowAir-Tro Inc., serving the Pasadena area since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Pasadena, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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