When used correctly, a new air conditioner can provide years of comfort and service and possibly lower your current energy bills significantly. Unless you live in a region where the temperatures are mild year-round, this is a necessary investment, so you might as well make the most of it with these tips from our Atlanta air conditioning repair experts.
What It Takes To Sustain Your Atlanta HVAC System
There are a few things you need to do to extend the life of your AC unit as well as keep it running optimally. All things mechanical and electrical require routine maintenance, and you can expect to pay a lot more over time if proper upkeep is placed on the back burner. Preventative measures vary in frequency and by component, but some need to be addressed regularly.
Changing the air filter every 6 to 12 months, for example, is crucial for keeping your Atlanta HVAC system’s efficiency at its peak and the air quality in your home at healthy levels. For $20 to $30 (HEPA filters cost a bit more, but are strongly recommended for their enhanced, particle-trapping properties), you are preventing the compressor from working overly hard and avoiding thousands of dollars in repair costs. To put it simply, on-time filter replacement matters! Keep in mind that if you live in a dusty climate or an area where a lot of debris accumulation is common, your AC filter should be replaced often.
Another easy AC maintenance project you can safely complete in about 10 minutes is cleaning your home’s outdoor unit. Keep grass and weeds mowed, and trim any bushes or tree limbs that may be obstructing airflow into the device. The blades should be clear from dirt and dust, and adequate sunlight should be ensured to prevent the development of mold and mildew. You do not want to overexpose the unit to heat, but monitoring moisture levels is essential.
An annual comprehensive system inspection by the Atlanta HVAC contractors at Empire Heating and Air is guaranteed to keep your system running as it should. This is one of our most popular services, and we offer it to every customer. The yearly check will focus on things such as duct system leaks and airflow quality and address any mechanical repairs. Although we are already midway through summer, this inspection is best performed in spring, in between the hot and cold seasons.