Fact: your air conditioning system will eventually die. Pieces or parts that make up the machinery will fail, and your indoor temps will skyrocket. The system will need to be fixed or replaced. It’s simply unavoidable.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t put it off as long as possible! Here are some tips to extend the lifespan of your A/C system and keep your cool.
Don’t Use It When You Don’t Need It
This may sound obvious, but it’s incredibly easy to let chilled air become your default— whether you truly need it or not! How can you break the habit?
- Turn the A/C off at night when it gets cooler. Open up windows and use fans to pull in the cool night air.
- Also consider turning it off when you’re away from home (at work, running errands, on a weekend trip, etc.). If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set the A/C to turn back on an hour before your planned return.
- Shut blinds and curtains during the hottest parts of the day to keep the internal temperature cooler. Thermal curtains can make a big difference!
- Sometimes, what we think of as “heat” can simply be a lack of air moving across the skin. Use fans to keep air circulating in the house.
Use It Efficiently When You DO Need It
You should never be sweaty and uncomfortable just because you’re trying to “save” your A/C system. Be sure to use A/C when the rising temps require—that’s why you have it! Just keep these things in mind:
- Set the temperature as high as you comfortably can (for most people, between 75-78 degrees works). If you are over-chilling the air and then using a blanket to stay comfortable, you could likely stand to turn up the temp!
- Use the energy efficient mode if your thermostat has one. It will cycle on and off as needed, reducing energy use and stress on the system when it isn’t needed to maintain the temp.
Don’t Forget to Tune It Up!
Even the newest A/C systems with the most sparing usage need some maintenance from time to time. Our recommendations:
- Have your A/C system tuned up annually. This includes cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, topping off the refrigerant as necessary, and cleaning the blower components.
- Regularly clean filters and replace them when necessary. This will increase efficiency and reduce strain on the system, not to mention extending the time between professional tune-ups.
Beat the heat and stay cool this summer!