Now that summer is in full swing in Minneapolis, your air conditioner is getting a workout. However, summer still has a long way to go. You could be stuck in a sticky situation if your air conditioner started to break down in the middle of summer. At Twin City Heating and Air, we want to help you maintain your air conditioner and give it the longest lifespan to keep your home cool. Check out our list of 5 things you can check and do to maintain your air conditioner.
Check your air filter
Depending on how often you use your air conditioner and how many people and animals live in your household, you might have to change your filter as often as once every month. Checking the filter once a month can save you money on damages that a filled filter will cause.
Clean your air conditioner
There are many different parts of an air conditioner, so while cleaning it may be difficult, it is worth it. Dust and other air particles will catch on parts of your air conditioner, making those areas not able to let air flow easily. Making sure your air conditioner is clean is essential to saving energy and properly maintaining your air conditioner.
Check your thermostat
Newer homes with programmable thermostats can be programmed to give the air conditioner a break while the homeowner and their family members are away. This saves on energy bills and can prolong the life of your air conditioner. One degree warmer can save three to five percent on your energy bills while not overworking the air conditioner.
Check your vents and air ducts
Vents should be positioned to be open in rooms that your family is using and closed in empty or unused rooms. Damaged vents that are bent over the duct will restrict airflow and could cause a build up of air and push the air conditioner to force the air out of the vent. Air duct cleaning is important when there is mold or mildew in your air ducts. The toxins in the air will be harmful if left untreated, but it can be easily cleaned. Cleaning large areas of dust in your air ducts can also help air flow, which will save you money.
Call in the professionals
Professional air conditioner tune-ups once a year are essential to maintaining your air conditioner. HVAC professionals have the tools and expertise to make sure your air conditioner will last for the next year. These tune-ups can make the difference of a couple more years of life for your air conditioner.
If you want to schedule an appointment for your air conditioner, or if you want to get signed up for our comfort care program, contact Twin City Heating and Air today. We want to help your air conditioner back on its feet and run new again.