AC replacement is a big investment. That’s why you’ll do anything to avoid replacing your air conditioner before it’s absolutely necessary. If you’ve recently replaced your AC and are scrambling to figure out how you can make the new one last longer, Barker’s Heating & Cooling has answers. Here are three ways you can extend the life of your air conditioner.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
While programmable and smart thermostats may seem like an unnecessary add-on for your AC system to some, they’re one of the best ways to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency. Programmable thermostats allow you to create a schedule that meets your cooling needs without keeping the AC on full blast all day. Your AC can take a break when you’re at work every day, be ready at your preferred temperature when you get home and more.
With a smart thermostat, you can control a detailed cooling schedule, set proximity settings and monitor your system’s efficiency all from your phone. Some thermostats even learn your habits and adjust automatically. Customizing your cooling to meet your needs when you’re home and reduce strain on the system when you aren’t is a great way to improve the air conditioner’s efficiency and keep it running better for longer. Not only will you save on energy bills throughout the life of your AC, but you could also put off the cost of replacing it for years.
Change Your Air Filters Regularly
It’s quick and easy to check your air filters and replace them when they get dirty, but it’s one of the maintenance tips homeowners most often forget about. When a filter gets clogged with dust and debris from your home’s air, it reduces the airflow going into the system, therefore preventing as much cool air from coming out of the vents. This means your AC will struggle to cool your home, working longer and harder to do so, and aging the system faster than is necessary.
Taking the time to check your air filter and replace it when it gets dirty (every two to three months) is easy, and it can make a big difference. Simply set yourself a reminder to check your filter each month and replace it when it’s dirty. If you have shedding pets, you may need to change the filter as often as every month.
Schedule Annual AC Tune-Ups
The best thing you can do to extend your AC’s life is to schedule regular maintenance for the system. You should have an AC tune-up done every spring before the weather gets too hot in order to set your system up for success against the summer heat. Not only does a tune-up clean your system, but it also:
- Catches repairs before they cause major problems.
- Reduces the risk of system breakdowns.
- Keeps your system in top condition.
All of these things improve your air conditioner’s short-term and long-term efficiency and can even extend the system’s lifespan by years.
Barker’s Heating & Cooling offers expert HVAC services, including tune-ups. Contact us today for the best College Station air conditioning maintenance.