Heating and cooling costs account for the largest expense in your home, and comprise about 54 percent of all energy used by homeowners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. During the spring, you might be enjoying low utility bills, but the hot summer months are coming, and soon you’ll be running your air conditioning around the clock trying to stay comfortable. That could cost you a lot if your AC isn’t ready.
If you follow these simple steps to ensure your units are running as efficiently as possible, you can help offset cooling costs this summer.
Replace the air filters. It’s probably the easiest AC maintenance you can do, and many people aren’t doing it often enough. Keeping your filter clean can cut energy consumption 5 to 15 percent.·
Clear away leaves, grass, weeds, plants and other debris that block airflow through the outdoor condensing unit. Anything that collects on the unit's fins will block airflow and reduce your AC’s performance.·
Check to make sure air conditioning vents inside your home are not obstructed by furniture.
Hire a professional to properly service your air conditioner and get it ready for use. But keep in mind that the outdoor temperature cannot be below 65 degrees for the technician to be able to check the system properly. The true test is when the outdoor temperature is above 65 degrees. So don't be fooled by pre-season early check-up offers during cooler weather!
A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in the system. Air Medic, Inc. has been providing professional heating, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration service to all of Rockland County for over 33 years. We are your neighbors and the owners are always on site during every service and installation job.
To get your AC system ready for summer we will:
Check for the correct amount of refrigerant.
Measure temperature through the evaporator coil and check air flow.
Check condenser and compressor operation.
Check and make sure condensate drains are working.
Check the accuracy of the thermostat.
If you don’t already have one, you can save up to $100 a year by installing a setback thermostat.
Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections.
Check belts and oil motors for tightness and wear.
With proper maintenance, central air conditioning units should last at least 12 to 15 years or more. Homeowners need to regularly service their central air conditioners to keep them running properly. Call Air Medic now at (845) 425-0291 to make an appointment for your AC check-up. Mention this article and get our check-up special: $135 + tax for the first unit and $105 for each additional unit. Parts additional cost. Looking to upgrade your existing system? Receive $300 off any complete system replacement. M-F 8 am to 4 pm excluding holidays. Offers expire July 15, 2017. www.airmedicinc.com