Spring is officially here. (We hope!) Now is the perfect time to start thinking about cooling your home for those hot and humid days to come. It has been estimated that an air conditioning unit running at peak efficiency can use up to 20% less electricity and can extend the life of your air conditioning unit.

The end result being;

1. Lower electrical bills during peak summer months

2. Longer life span of your Air Conditioning unit

3. Maximum cooling when you need it

Below are basic tips for homeowner to help maintain their Air Conditioning unit(s).

a. Always refer to your Air Conditioning Unit instruction manual for homeowner maintenance, safety and frequently asked questions.

b. Before turning on your unit make sure the condensing unit located outside is not covered up. The unit needs to draw air into the system.

c. Clean obvious obstructions such as newspaper, trash and leaves, from around the exterior of the condensing unit.

d. Run your air conditioner for a few minutes now before you need it. If you wait until the first hot day to discover it is not working, you will find yourself on a waiting list for service.

e. Change filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow reducing efficiency. Disposable fiberglass filters should be replaced. Electrostatic or electric filters need to be washed regularly.

f. Be sure all access panels are secure with the screws in place

g. Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature will not activate the Air Conditioning Unit. Take the thermostat out of the heat mode.

Although a cleaner air conditioning unit will operate at top efficiency, homeowners are strongly discouraged from using a hose and water to try to clean it themselves because of the very serious risk of electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components. At a minimum, Nstar suggests that you inspect, clean or change air filters once a month in your central AC unit. Your contractor can show you how. Dirty filters hamper and could damage your equipment leading to early failure.

Take advantage of Landry’s pre-season offerings. Landry Mechanical Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning provides pre-season or spring cleanup, for your Air Conditioning Units, to help avoid the seasonal rush. Contact Landry Mechanical today.

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