Now that the summer months are upon us and the exterior temperature is climbing, your air conditioner is likely being called back into duty. Air conditioner maintenance has multiple homeowner benefits. Not only can a regular maintenance plan help to extend the life of your air conditioner and limit replacement costs, but it can also help keep energy bills down by ensuring that your unit is running as efficiently as possible. Make sure that your air conditioner is ready to beat the summer heat with these maintenance tips from Blue Dot Services of Maryland.
Have Your HVAC System Inspected
At the beginning of the cooling season, hire an HVAC professional to make sure that your unit is working as efficiently as possible. Your inspector should look at the compressor, wiring connections, contractor points, voltage, air filter, heat exchanger, and more. If the system is damaged in any way, a certified HVAC repair technician will also be able to give you an estimate on the cost of service and repairs.
Replace Your Filters
An air conditioner filter is your unit’s first line of defense against dirt and debris. Make sure that your air filter is in good working order by checking and changing your filter on a regular basis. While you may be able to get up to three months of use out of an air filter during certain times of year, you should change your filter monthly during periods of peak use.
Limit System Use
Save your system and lower your energy bills by limiting cooling system use to only the times when you will actually benefit from it. To do so, install a programmable thermostat and set it to raise the temperature during the day while you’re at work or otherwise not at home, and to cool the house down about thirty minutes before you return. Not only will a programmable thermostat help to reduce your energy bills, but it will also prevent your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to.
If you need help maintaining your HVAC system, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland. We offer maintenance plans, performance inspections, and more to help ensure that your heating and cooling system is performing as efficiently as possible. Schedule an appointment today by calling (410) 698-6465.