As a mom, we are usually in charge of taking care of the inside of the house – creating a haven of comfort for our families. At the heart of that comfort lies a well-maintained air conditioning system. So, let’s learn about the ins and outs of caring for your AC unit to keep our homes cool and comfortable, just the way we like it.

Understanding Your AC System:

Familiarizing yourself with the basic components is the first step toward effective air conditioning care. As moms, diving into the technicalities might seem daunting, but fear not – you can ask your A/C maintenance company or even watch a few short YouTube videos to simplify these aspects for easy understanding. When you understand the system, it takes away stress and allows you to know the best way to handle issues that arise. 

Regular Cleaning Routine:

Regular cleaning is the key to ensuring your air conditioning system operates at optimal performance. It’s not just about wiping surfaces

  1. Turn off the Power: Before performing any maintenance, turn off the power to your AC system to ensure safety.
  2. Clean or Replace Air Filters: Dirty air filters restrict airflow and can cause the coils to become dirty faster. Clean or replace air filters regularly, typically every 1-3 months depending on usage.
  3. Inspect Coils: Check the outdoor condenser coils and indoor evaporator coils for dirt, dust, and debris buildup. If you notice any significant buildup, it’s time to clean them.
  4. Clean Coils: Use a coil cleaner specifically designed for AC coils. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and safety precautions. You may need to use a coil brush to remove stubborn debris.
  5. Trim Vegetation: Ensure that there is at least 2 feet of clearance around the outdoor condenser unit to allow for proper airflow. Trim any vegetation or debris that may be blocking airflow.
  6. Straighten Coil Fins: Use a fin comb to straighten any bent fins on the outdoor condenser unit. Bent fins can restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.
  7. Check Condensate Drain: Inspect the condensate drain line for clogs or blockages. A clogged drain can cause water damage and affect the performance of your AC system.
  8. Schedule Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling annual professional maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician. They can perform a thorough inspection, cleaning, and tune-up of your AC system to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.

These simple steps can significantly impact your system’s efficiency and can troubleshoot common issues that arise with AC units.

Temperature and Thermostat Tips:

Electric companies recommend setting your thermostat at 68-70 degrees in the colder months and in the warmer months, from 74-78 degrees.  This should still keep your home comfortable, but also keep the electric bills from getting too high.  Remember, clothing can be changed for further comfort.   

Energy-saving Tips:

Here are some practical and effective strategies for saving energy. 

  • Use fans strategically
  • Closing curtains during the hottest part of the day
  • Seal leaks to improve insulation
  • Add insulation to your home to keep the heat and cold from escaping 

There are many steps to maintaining your air conditioning system, but when done in a routine manner, the steps will not take too much of your time.  Should you need help with your air conditioning unit, do not be ashamed to call an air conditioning company for assistance. It’s not just a convenience; it’s the secret ingredient to a cozy home where laughter echoes and memories are made.