Keep your Air Conditioning System Running Long and Strong

Here are some of the top maintenance tips for a new AC system that you can use to keep your system running smoothly for years to come.

Your air filter removes many types of harmful contaminants from the air that passes through your ductwork. When your filter is dirty it is unable to effectively remove contaminants from your air, which leads to poor indoor air quality. Inspect your filter every month and change it if you can't see through to the other side when you hold it up to a light. As a general rule, you should change the filter at least every other month.

Most homes have air leaks that allow precious, filtered and cooled air to escape and warm air to enter the home. The result of air leaks is that your AC has to work harder to replace that lost cool air. This added work not only increases the wear and tear on your system, leading to breakdowns and a shorter life span, but also to significantly higher energy bills.

A large volume of air passes through your ductwork anytime you run your AC. When your ductwork is dirty, it can impede air transfer and make your AC work harder, again leading to higher energy bills and more wear and tear. Secondly, ductwork that isn't insulated will be exposed to heat before it reaches its destination.

A common problem that many modern homes face is a fluctuation humidity levels. When the indoor humidity of the air in your home is high in the summer, your home will feel warmer than desired and your system must work harder to remove heat and moisture from the air. So, if you have a humidifier installed on your furnace or use a free-standing unit, you'll want to turn the system off in the summer so you are not adding excess moisture to the air.

A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule setting changes in advance. Many products available today offer multiple settings and some allow a different setting for each day of the week. You can program the temperature to be a little warmer when you'll be away from home for several hours at a time or at night. This allows you to optimize the amount that you run your AC, which minimizes the stress placed on it.

Your outdoor compressor unit is exposed to a lot of dust, dirt and weather all year long. The accumulation of dirt and debris can impede air transfer and lower your system's efficiency. A lower efficiency means your AC once again has to work harder.

While most of these maintenance tips for a new AC system can be done on your own, there are some things that only professionals have the experience and expertise to do. Getting an inexpensive tune-up once a year will ensure that any big problems are caught ahead of time. Generally, the tune-up will include a check of all your system's major components, cleaning of the indoor and outdoor units and a filter change, if requested. The technician will also make you aware of any potential issues he/she sees that may arise in the near future so you can plan ahead for possible repairs.

  1. Change Your Air Filter Regularly
  2. Seal Air Leaks
  3. Clean and Insulate Ductwork
  4. Turn Off the Humidifier in Summer Months
  5. Install a Programmable Thermostat
  6. Clean Your System
  7. Get a Tune-up

While maintaining your new AC may seem like a lot of work, follow these maintenance tips for a new AC system will keep it running at peak performance. You may also save money down the road on repairs and extend the life of your system overall. As you get to know your system better, it will become easier as you gain experience with performing these low-cost maintenance measures.

If you're in need of repairs or maintenance for your home air conditioning and heating system, call AC Express right away! Our certified technicians can respond same-day.