As the summer heat lingers, you may need professional help. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® offers this inside information on how to keep your air conditioning operating at peak performance during the hottest time of the year.
July 30, 2015 - With the soaring temperatures of summer, your air conditioning is likely working overtime to keep you cool. According to the Department of Energy, annual maintenance of your cooling system can improve its efficiency and prolong its life. With the exception of replacing your air filters, there are no consumer serviceable elements of your heating and cooling system. That’s why we recommend finding a trusted professional to help. During regular maintenance, cleaning of your system and checking the components are essential. Here’s why:
- Cleaning your system – The air conditioning process is all about heat transfer. In the summer, we remove the unwanted heat from your home. Over time, your air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty. A professional technician cleans your system so it can operate efficiently, which can help reduce your energy usage.
- Check components – Like any other machine, your air conditioning is using components like motors, wheels, start assist devices and the compressor, which is the heart of the system, to operate. All of these components need to be regularly checked to make sure they are running at the proper voltage and within the proper electrical range. Finding these issues early can help prevent a breakdown and costly repairs later on. A professional technician will have a checklist of the critical items of your system and should make you aware of any potential problems.
By focusing on prevention and maintenance, you can help ensure your family has a cool and comfortable summer. For more on summer energy saving tips, contact your local One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating.