Summer is coming to a close and winter is coming near. We have all been running our air conditioning unit to no end this summer in hopes to stay cool and comfortable. Knowing that we have been running the air conditioner often to cool our homes and businesses we should be looking at the upkeep of this luxury going into the cooler months. It will soon be time to switch our thermostats to a cool breeze to a warm temperature.
A decent air conditioning unit should last a good 10-15 years, more if maintained properly. Proper maintenance means that you physically have to check for leaks or cracks in your unit. It is important to change your filter at least every 4-6 weeks as well for homes with those that suffer from allergies. Keep your outdoor air compressor clean, a garden hose will do the trick. Cleaning the air duct every 3-5 years is standard practice as well; this should be done by a professional.
Okay, we had the air conditioner working well for the summer months and winter is near. It’s time for central heating maintenance. Before it gets cool run your heater and make sure you feel warm air. Change your filter before your first chilly night and check your pilot light if you’re running your heater on natural gas. Your pilot should be a very light blue. Make sure your unit is wired right along with other appliances. An electrician can come in handy here.
If your air conditioning unit or heater seems to be working too hard or not hard enough it is best to seek a professional. HVAC contractors or an electrician can better help you in your central heating and air conditioning needs. Making sure your unit works well and efficiently will help you save money, help you breathe better, and will help you stay more comfortable. Check your unit out soon in order to reap these rewards as well.