Easy Tips on How to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioning

Posted on November 19, 2013

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A home air conditioning system is a part of the home that many take for granted until it is gone. Regardless of whether you own a brand new air conditioning unit or a more work-worn unit, it is absolutely in your best interest to keep your AC unit running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some of the top tips for keeping your air conditioning running for years to come.

  • Keep Your Unit Shaded and Cool: Just because it is an AC unit does not mean that it does not get hot too. If the AC unit is placed it a hot place directly under the sun, the unit will have to work twice as hard to be as productive as a unit that is in a cool place. If you lack naturally cool and shady areas, plants can be a viable source of shade in hot areas.
  • Give Your Air Conditioning a Day Off: If you have your air conditioning running day and night, 7 days a week, you are running your unit ragged with little benefit. Have you ever heard about someone’s air conditioning breaking down in the middle of summer? That is the result of running your air conditioning nonstop. Instead, keep the thermostat running in the “ON” position to keep movement of the airflow in your home.  Then adjust the temperature as needed.
  • Insulate Your Home: The Department of Energy recommends that homes in different climates maintain different levels of insulation. Although it is not exactly cutting edge technology, home insulation works. A home with sufficient insulation will be able to maintain comfortable temperatures in the home more easily, and for longer. For most homes, insulation is fairly affordable especially when compared to the benefit it provides in lowering utility bills.