How to Keep Your Air Conditioner in Prime Condition

As the summer sun beats down, a reliable air conditioning system becomes essential. But just like any hardworking appliance, your AC needs proper maintenance to function efficiently and keep you comfortable all season long.

Proper maintenance not only ensures cool air throughout the season but also extends the lifespan of your unit and saves you money on energy bills. Here are some key strategies from our pros at Palisades Fuel to keep your AC in prime condition:

Regular Filter Replacement

Think of your air filter as the lungs of your AC. Your air filter traps dust, pollen, and other airborne particles before they can circulate through your home. A clogged filter restricts airflow, forcing your AC to work harder and use more energy.  Here are our recommended filter tips:

Replacement frequency: Check your filter every month. Depending on your household dust levels and pet dander, plan to replace it every 1-3 months.

Choosing the right filter: Opt for high-quality pleated filters with a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) appropriate for your needs. Higher MERV ratings trap smaller particles but may restrict airflow slightly.

Regular Ductwork Cleaning

Your ductwork is the network of unseen pathways that distribute conditioned air throughout your home. Over time, these ducts can become clogged with dust, pet dander, and even mold. This can not only reduce airflow and efficiency but also contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Professional cleaning: Consider professional duct cleaning every 5-7 years, especially if you have allergies or pets.

DIY dust control: Regularly vacuum around air vents to prevent dust buildup.

Optimum Operation: Smart Thermostat Strategies

Consider Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat allows you to optimize your AC usage and save on energy bills:

Set it and forget it: Program your thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically when you’re away or sleeping. Aim for a comfortable but not chilly setting – raising the temperature by just 2-3 degrees can significantly reduce energy consumption.

Smart options: Consider investing in a smart thermostat. These high-tech devices learn your habits and preferences, further optimizing comfort and energy efficiency.

Seasonal Shutdown: Preparing for Winter

Bonus Tip: Schedule an AC Tune Up

For ultimate peace of mind, consider scheduling a professional AC tune up. Our qualified technicians at Palisades Fuel can perform a thorough inspection, clean internal components, and identify any potential problems before they escalate into major breakdowns. In our 10 Point-Precision Cooling approach we cover the following:

  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Check air filters (customer must have air filters we do not provide them)
  • Check coil.
  • Check voltages & wiring.
  • Check blower assembly.
  • Check fan belts, pulleys, and bearings.
  • Check electrical starting and contactor connections.
  • Check operation of thermostat
  • Check and clean condensate pumps and water drains.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you can ensure your AC keeps you cool and comfortable throughout the summer season. Remember, a well-maintained AC not only saves you money but also extends its lifespan, keeping you cool for years to come! Contact our team at Palisades Fuel to request your AC Tune Up appointment.


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