Your air conditioning system keeps you cool and comfortable. So, in order to maintain your comfort and prevent the need for costly repairs, it is essential to take good care of your AC system. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners unknowingly do things that are hard on their air conditioning systems and that increase wear and tear, reducing the lifespan of their AC units and increasing the chance of malfunctions. Just what are those mistakes, and how can you avoid them? Read on to find out.
Blocking air flow to the outdoor compressor unit.
Some homeowners plant bushes around the outdoor compressor or even surround it with a fence in an effort to hide it. However, this restricts the flow of air to the compressor and makes it work harder to suck in the air it needs. Leaves and stems from plants can even become caught in the compressor, leading to issues like frozen coils and reduced cooling capacity.
If you want to hide your AC compressor, it's essential to make sure you leave enough open space around the condenser. Experts recommend 2 feet of clearance on each side of the equipment and at least 5 feet above it. If you install plant life around the compressor, make sure you trim it regularly so it does not start impinging on the compressor.
Opening your windows at night.
Air conditioners don't just cool by lowering the temperature of the air. They also remove humidity from the air in order to make the space feel cooler. (The lower the humidity, the cooler a space feels.) If you open your windows at night in an attempt to cool the space off naturally, you're also letting humidity back into your home. The next morning (or whenever your turn your AC back on) it will have to work extra hard to remove all of that humidity again. This puts extra wear and tear on the unit. Once you turn your AC on for the season, it's best to leave the windows shut so it does not have to remove so much moisture.
Not changing your air filter often enough.
Your HVAC system's air filter does more than just keep your air clean. It prevents dust, pet dander, and other debris from building up on your AC coils. If you don't change the filter enough, the coils will get dirty. This will impede their ability to transfer heat, and will make your unit work harder. Experts recommend changing your filter monthly during cooling season. Doing so will keep your AC running more smoothly.
For AC repair, contact a company such as High Tech Heating Ventilation And Air Conditioning.