Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Yes, finally, it’s spring in most parts of Canada.  The time to let the air circulate through the home before we start using the air conditioner.  It’s also time to get the cooling system ready before the hot weather hits us.  What’s the first step in getting your cooling system ready?

The simplest thing you can do is turn on your system to ensure it’s working correctly, especially the air conditioning as you’ll be moving into the cooling season. Turn the air on for a while and ensure it’s cooling the house. You wouldn’t want to run into a day that’s uncomfortably hot and not have the air conditioning working.

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As the summer gets going, even new AC units can break down if you’re not paying attention.  Proper maintenance can increase your odds that your cooling system will not break down when the temperature hits the mid 30’s.  It can also reduce your utility expenses and increase the life expectancy  of your cooling appliances.

The easiest way to save money and make your HVAC unit more efficient is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Devices like the Nest and Ecobee intelligently control your air conditioner’s activity. One way they do this is by using motion sensors to sense your presence and adjust the AC run time accordingly. Smart thermostats even factor local weather into the equation. By optimizing this activity, your HVAC unit is less taxed and more efficient. In fact, the US Department of Energy says an efficiently controlled thermostat could save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs.

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To summarize, you now know what to do to get your air conditioner ready for summer. And what to do when your AC is running to ensure that it continues running at full efficiency.