AC Service | Central Air Conditioning Units: 7 Easy Maintenance Tips Pt. 1
AC Service | To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with our central air conditioning unit. That is to say, I love the central air conditioner when it’s hot outside and fills the house with refreshing, cool air, but hate it when it’s hot outside and quits working.
Simple ways to keep your central air conitioner running efficiently
As a homeowner for more than twenty years I have had a few repairs done on the central air conditioner that we rely on so heavily during the summer months. This much I know without a doubt, it’s far cheaper to maintain this appliance on a regular basis than it is to repair or replace it.
In fact, Carrier, a leading manufacturer of air conditioners, states:
Proper air conditioning maintenance can help your unit last decades. On the flip-side, a neglected air conditioner loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep.
Fortunately, there are some very simple things that any homeowner can do to keep their A/C unit running efficiently and perhaps even less often throughout the warm months.
1. Keeps plants cut back around unit
Let’s face it, outdoor air conditioning condensers are ugly and it seems that homeowners will do their best to hide them from sight. Plants, fences and trellises tend to be popular ways to go about doing this cover-up.
Yet, air conditioners need an adequate amount of air flow around all sides in order to perform at peak efficiency. This is why experts recommend that landscaping and other objects be placed about three feet away from the unit itself.
Cleaning up leaves and other debris on a regular basis, as well as trimming or cutting back bushes, trees and other plants all help increase the air that your unit needs to draw into its system. –Hub pages
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