Maintaining your air conditioner

Keeping Air Cold and Clean Throughout

In the summer heat, few methods of keeping a home cool and comfortable are more reliable or effective than air conditioning. Maintaining your air conditioner can help keep the air in your home cold and clean throughout.

The filters on your air conditioner can become dirty and should be replaced or cleaned regularly. A dirty filter can reduce the efficiency of an air conditioner considerably. By keeping it clean, the energy consumption of your AC can be lowered by 5 to 15 percent, resulting not only in cooler and cleaner air throughout your home, but also a significant drop in your energy bills. Find out whether your AC has the type of filter that needs to be cleaned or replaced, and take action accordingly.

Air conditioner coils also require regular maintenance. Without scheduled cleanings, coils attract moisture through condensation, which in turn attracts mold, mildew, bacteria and dust. These can then be blown through the air conditioner into the air your family breathes, potentially causing illness. Both the evaporator coils and the outdoor condenser coils should be checked and cleaned by a trained professional at least once a year. You can help prevent dirt build-up on the condenser coil by making sure that foliage in the area is trimmed back considerably and keeping the area free from dirt and debris.

Having a trained service rep come out and check and perform routine maintenance on your air conditioning unit is one of the best things you can do to keep the air coming out of it cold and clean. Champion AC is a heating San Antonio HVAC company that specializes in furnace and heat pump repair.