The heat of summer is not only uncomfortable, but it can be hazardous to your health when not properly regulated. That’s why being able to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the season is important. While it is a great idea to have a reputable and dependable HVAC company you can call for maintenance and repairs, there are many tasks you can do on your own to keep your A/C running smoothly all summer. Follow these five DIY tips, and get started this weekend!
Change Your Filters
Changing the filters is a simple task that every homeowner can do themselves. Did you know that your air conditioning filters should be changed at least once a month? Changing the filters will help keep your A/C running efficiently and effectively. Check behind the metal panel on the face of your blower unit. All you’ll need is a screwdriver to take off the metal panel and replace the old filter with a new one.
Clean the Condensation Lines
You A/C is equipped with a pipe that carries condensation away from your air conditioner. Over time, that pipe will get clogged which can back up into your air conditioner and even your home. Find the drainage point for the pipe to make sure that it’s operating properly. If not, you can use an algaecide to clean it out.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Update and upgrade your thermostat with a more efficient, programmable model. Not only will it help you maintain an optimum temperature for your home, but it will also result in energy savings. You can install your new programmable thermostat in a matter of minutes with just a couple tools.
Clean the Coils and Fins
Your air conditioning unit has been sitting dormant through the fall and winter. This means that that’s probably an accumulation of dust and grime that you should remove to get the most out of it in the summer. Start by disconnecting the power and using your hose to spray down the outside unit. For the fins, use a soft brush to gently wipe the grime away.
Check the Concrete
The concrete slab that your exterior unit is sitting on should be level so that your A/C can run smoothly and efficiently. If it’s not level, add gravel underneath until you achieve an even level.
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