With summer in Powell comes days at the beach, cookouts, and ac upkeep
and improvements. (Although to be honest, no one thinks about our air conditioner until it breaks or until the first electric bill comes in.) Just like car or lawn upkeep, your air conditioner, from simple window units to complex central air systems, must be maintained. You may be questioning, “why do I need to update my ac unit if it works when I turn it on?” Air conditioning accounts for a sizable part of hot weather energy costs and doing routine maintenance not only helps with the larger summer energy bills, but it will help you save money by avoiding costly repairs. Maintenance may also help your cooling system last up to 2 times longer as well as helping with indoor air quality.
There are a lot ways you can keep your air conditioning system running well through the hot weather, one of the uncomplicated ways is to make sure there is no debris within 2 feet of the outside unit. This will keep leaves, dirt, and other unwanted gunk from getting stuck in the condenser and causing damage. Vacuuming the fins of the condenser also helps keep unwanted items out of your air conditioning system as well.
Want to keep your air conditioning from running all day? A programable thermostat does that! Programable thermostats prevent your ac system from breaking costly parts and helps control the summer cooling bills by letting you select when the system should be running. By far, the easiest things you can do are; keep rooms and vents open, keeping clutter away from air return vents, and check that windows and doors are sealed, (especially with window ac units.) Doing this will help keep your house cool and avoid unneeded damage.
Summer in Powell also means more time in your backyard and more time looking at your ac system, which, is most likely not the best feature of your outdoor oasis. There are many ways to make your ac unit fit in with your backyard aesthetic, like upcycling your old fencing into a stylish and green ac cover. Maybe you want better coverage without suffocating your air conditioner, an ac house may be a better idea. Not a wood enthusiast? You can create a stone ac partition with pavers and cement for a rustic look. If you like to have simple access to your outdoor ac unit, an ac cover with a hinged lid may work better. The DIY possibilities are endless!
We encourage our customers to practice good maintenance habits to keep their ac working well all summer long. If you get stuck, have a question, or just need help choosing the right tools and supplies for your Powell ac maintenance projects, reach out to us at 614-792-9080 or stop in today!