Regular maintenance of your central AC units is essential to keeping your equipment operating efficiently.  Neglecting necessary maintenance may cause a steady decline in your system’s performance while energy use increases.  A well-maintained air conditioning system runs efficiently, uses less energy and costs less money long term.  The national average to replace and install a single AC unit is $5,238.00, according to HomeAdvisor.com; therefore, maintaining your HVAC system should be a priority in your home.

Is it time to upgrade?  If you live in an older home, it may be time for a system improvement.  The equipment of today is more efficient than equipment from a decade ago.  If you are in the market to upgrade, explore Energystar.gov for recommendations for an Energy Star qualified model.

Whether you upgrade your system or not, the following tips are an excellent start to maintaining your AC unit’s performance and efficiency:

Change Your AC Filters Monthly

Changing the AC filters in your home not only improve air quality but can also keep your HVAC system operating smoothly.  Change filters on a regular basis; for ease, schedule to change your AC filters on the first day of every month.  Dirty filters block air flow and can cause unnecessary burden on your equipment.  Additional stress on the system will wear down components on your units faster when your machine works harder to keep the temperature in your home.  Not changing your filters regularly may increase energy and repair bills.  In accordance with Energy.gov, changing a dirty filter and replacing with a new one can lower your AC’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

Perform Seasonal Maintenance on Your Units

Keep seasonal shrubs, bushes and branches away from your AC units.  Clean your outdoor condenser coils when you are performing regular yard work.  Make this a part of your lawn routine.

Increase the Temperature in Your Home by a Few Degrees

By doing this, you will have less wear and tear on the equipment and reduce energy costs simultaneously.  If your home is not operating on a programmable thermostat, it is recommended that you consider investing in one.

Contact a Champion Forest Heating & AC

Contact Champion Forest Heating & Air Conditioning to perform seasonal maintenance on your units.  Our trained professionals may ensure your equipment is performing at maximum capacity.  A maintenance service contract would be in addition to your personal seasonal maintenance on your units.  By contracting with our professional services, we will be able to check thermostat accuracy, test internal components, inspect mechanical parts and drainage pans and inspect of your duct work.

Regular AC maintenance keeps your equipment operating at top capacity and generates less stress on the unit’s components and parts.  This will lower your risk of equipment failure and damage and the need for replacement, ultimately saving you money in the long run.  In addition to regular maintenance, our professional maintenance contract keeps you informed of wear and tear on your units allowing you to plan for future upgrades.