Setting goals for the new year?

We have one to add to your list: Keep your AC in good shape.

It’s a worthy goal because when your air conditioner is working well, you have lower energy bills and higher comfort levels.

In this article, we’ll cover the following tips you should keep in mind for 2018:

  1. Check your air filter regularly
  2. Mind your outdoor unit
  3. Get your ductwork sealed
  4. Don’t ignore needed repairs
  5. Schedule AC maintenance in the spring

    Tip #1: Check your air filter regularly

    Changing your air filters regularly prevents dirt from building up and creating a barrier that restricts airflow to your AC. If your AC has reduced airflow, it can cause major problems like…

    Less cool air coming from your vents: A dirty filter is basically a thick wall of dust that blocks air from entering your AC system. And less air into your AC system means less cold air that it can blow out into your home.
    Frozen evaporator coil: Limited airflow into your AC system causes the cold refrigerant to drop in temperature until your evaporator coils freeze, which also limits the amount of cold air that comes out of your vents.

    Tip #2: Mind your outdoor unit

    You’ll want to keep your outdoor unit free of debris and uncovered to keep your AC running efficiently.

    Here’s why: Your outdoor unit (also called the condenser) is responsible for taking all the heat from your home’s air and dumping it outside.

    But if your outdoor unit is dirty or covered by plants or outdoor furniture, all that heat can’t escape as fast, which means your system will run longer to cool your home. And if your AC system runs longer, you’ll have higher energy bills.

    Tip #3: Get your ductwork sealed

    Your home most likely has duct leakage, which means wasted money. That’s because leaky ductwork makes your AC work harder than it has to.

    What you should do: Contact AllPro AC to seal your ducts. Duct sealing involves…

    Using mastic sealant or metal tape to cover holes and leaks
    Adding insulation around the ducts
    Refitting and sealing any poorly connected ducts
    When your ducts are sealed and don’t have any leaks, it will make your AC more energy efficient and your home more comfortable.

    Tip #4: Don’t ignore needed repairs

    Though it’s tempting to ignore signs that your AC needs repair, not taking any action actually costs you more in the long run.

    So if you smell something funny coming out of your vents, or hear strange sounds, don’t wait to call a professional to check out your system—even if you’re still getting cold or warm air.

    Even if the problem seems small – don’t wait. Small problems that go unfixed could lead to bigger ones, which will cost you more $$ and could lead to an early breakdown. And the LAST thing you want in the middle of winter is to be completely without warm air!