In Monroe and Georgia’s Historic Heartland, beating the heat isn’t easy. With summer highs near 90 degrees, residents need reliable air conditioning from April through October. If you want lower energy bills, greater comfort, and steady performance all summer, try these AC maintenance tips.
AC Maintenance Tips for Increased Performance
A little maintenance goes a long way toward lowering your energy bills and keeping your air conditioner in top form. These tasks are simple, and it’s easy to get started.
- Schedule a tune-up at the beginning of the cooling season. Just like getting your car serviced before a long road trip, spring AC maintenance ensures that your air conditioner is ready to go. Additionally, tune-ups can increase the system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.
- Use recommended thermostat settings to save energy and lessen your air conditioner’s workload. For best results, keep the thermostat above 78 degrees in the summer, and raise the temperature by 4 degrees before leaving. Every degree counts.
- Keep the outdoor unit clear. It should have 5 feet of vertical clearance and 2 to 3 feet of horizontal clearance in each direction. This improves the airflow, and your technician will also appreciate it.
- Inspect your HVAC return filter every month. Mark the date on the calendar, or set a reminder on your phone. If your air conditioner is running nonstop, you might need to check it more often. Hold the filter up to a light. If you can’t see through it, replace it.
When to Schedule Air Conditioning Repairs
If you notice any unusual noises or a decrease in performance, call your air conditioning contractor as soon as possible. Addressing the problem quickly is the best way to control your costs and prevent potential damage. To learn more about our maintenance services or to schedule an AC repair, call Phelps Heating and Air Conditioning at (770) 288-5346.