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How To Improve Your A/C Instead of Replacing It

We’re dealing with some pretty uncertain circumstances right now. Many of us are staying home more often, which can cause our A/C to work harder. We want your A/C system to be dependable enough to help maintain your health and comfort while you’re at home.

If you are looking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your A/C, and the cost of an upgrade doesn’t work with your budget, then you may just want to consider improving your A/C instead. There are various options that enable you to get more out of your air conditioning system, without having to replace it! Save energy, stay cool, and remain comfortable in your home by following these simple suggestions. Read more to learn how to improve your a/c instead of replacing it. 

Perform Regular Maintenance

By scheduling annual maintenance tune-ups, you can better ensure the performance of your A/C and extend its efficiency and lifespan. By constantly checking and replacing your air filter, you can better control the air quality in your home and avoid costly repairs. We also suggest regularly checking the outside unit and removing any dirt or debris. These are easy ac maintenance steps that can go a long way. Check out our other help articles to learn more about each of these actions.

Add Insulation, Especially in the Attic

Insulation can help your home remain comfortable during winter and summer! Insulation blocks heat exchange, meaning that cool areas can stay cool, and vice versa. In the summer, a well-insulated home can block the scorching heat from leaking inside and disrupting your cool, indoor environment. It also helps to seal your home, preventing cool air from leaking out. The most important place for insulation is in your attic. Not sure if you have enough? Check out our help articles on insulation to learn more, or call ACE’s friendly staff to discuss how we can help improve your insulation.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

By upgrading your thermostat to a programmable thermostat, you are able to directly control your home’s temperature without even trying! You can even control the temperature settings while you are away from home. For example, you can program your thermostat to a higher temperature while you are away on vacation or sleeping. These little steps can help you save time, money, and energy!

 

Have You Cleaned Your Outside Unit Recently?

Keeping your outdoor A/C clean and free of debris is extremely important to the health of performance of your unit. Dirty units can result in costly breakdowns, damaging your wallet and your home’s environment. As winter nears its end, and warmer weather begins to take over, you turn to your A/C to cool your home. Make sure your air conditioning system is prepared to do its job and work in top condition!

Outside units are designed to draw in air through the vents and blades, pushing cool, filtered air into your home. Dirt and debris, such as grass and leaves, can build up and affect the efficiency of your unit. Keep reading to find out how to properly clean your unit and enjoy cool, clean air this summer.

Follow these steps on how to clean your outside unit and prepare for warmer weather

First, and foremost, turn off the power (via the circuit breaker) to your unit before attempting to clean it. Safety first!

Unscrew the grill/vent and remove the fan so you can access the fins.

Put on some gloves and remove as much debris and dirt from inside the unit.

Next, get a vacuum to remove any of the small debris that you were unable to manually remove. Be careful of the fragile fins during this step! You do not want to damage these.

If there happens to be mild damage to the fins in your unit, gently straighten them out with a butter knife. If there is significant damage, you will need to replace them in order for your unit to work properly. This will require the help of one of ACE’s professional technicians.

If you have an older model, check the floor of the unit for lubrication ports. If you locate any, apply a few drops of electric motor oil. Newer models are sealed and lubricated and do not require this step.

Finally, use a damp cloth and carefully clean the inside and outside of the unit. You can even use a garden hose, on low pressure, to clean the fins of the fan.

Go the Extra Mile and Schedule a Tune-Up for Your A/C!

Call your friends at ACE Home Services today, and we will send one of our experienced and certified technicians to your home to perform a thorough tune-up. Check out our Tune-Up page, or call to learn more about this offer and how it can save you money!

We are available around the clock and will help get your A/C working effectively. Want to avoid breakdowns in the future? Call the experienced technicians at ACE Home Services to see what we can do to help you enjoy a cool, comfortable summer.