When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll be grateful for having
air conditioning in your Seattle home. If you aren’t careful to take the time to
keep up maintenance on your air conditioner, however, you may find that
it will not provide you with the level of service you deserve. Having
your air conditioner routinely serviced by a maintenance professional
will help to ensure that it stays efficient and effective. Here are some
other steps you can take to keep your central AC system in excellent condition:
Install a ductless AC. If you simply want a certain area of your house to stay consistently cool
throughout the day, you can avoid relying too much on your central AC
by having a ductless mini-split system installed there. Ductless AC systems
are extremely energy-efficient, and they operate unobtrusively since the
compressor is located outside. Installing a ductless system may even qualify
you for a federal tax credit.
Change your air filters regularly. Without a clean air filter, your air conditioner’s vents can become
contaminated with dust, debris, pollen, and various pollutants. Along
with harming the quality of your indoor air, this can make it harder for
your air conditioner to cool efficiently as well. Check your air conditioner’s
air filter regularly, and change it out for a new one when needed. During
periods of heavy AC use, you’ll want to replace the filter at least
once a month.
Buy a programmable thermostat.
Running your air conditioner when nobody is home is wasteful, and it can
also contribute to your high utility bills. If you purchase a programmable
thermostat, you can schedule your AC to stop running while your house
is unoccupied—or late at night, when everybody is asleep. Exercising
more control over your temperature settings can help you conserve your
air conditioner’s power for times when you really need it.