9 Things You Need to Know About Your Air Conditioner

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It’s starting to get warm out, which means one thing – summer’s almost here! This summer, get the most out of your air conditioner by following these air conditioner maintenance tips!

Why and how to change your filters – not changing your filters is the easiest way to guarantee your air conditioner will break down at some point over the summer. Remember to change your air filters once a month to ensure the best air flow from your AC.

Why and how to fix leaky ducts – your ducts are one of the most important components of your air conditioning system, and leaky ducts can cost you as much as 30% of your AC efficiency! You can find leaks in your ducts using the old smoke trick – carefully light a candle and hold it near your duct connections. If the flame flickers, call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing for duct sealing!

Why and how to use a programmable thermostat – if you’re looking for a super easy way to keep your cooling costs down during the summer, consider installing a programmable thermostat in your home. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set your AC for different temperatures based on different times of the day so you can keep your temperature up (and your costs down) when no one is home!

Why and how to insulate – ducts in hot attics and crawl spaces can heat up conditioned air before it gets distributed, forcing your AC to work harder to keep the house cool. Use spray foam, batt or rigid-foam insulation to keep the heat out and the cool air properly delivered to the different rooms in your home.

Why and how to service your compressor/condenser – your air conditioner condenser and compressor are usually located outside near your home’s foundation. Make sure you keep at least 2-3 ft of clearance space around the unit and, if possible, put them on the north or east side of the house or shade them. Putting them in direct sunlight can reduce their efficiency by up to 10%.

Why and how to keep your home cool – the more you help your AC, the more it will help you. Keep the blinds closed during the day and install awnings to shield south-facing windows from intense sunlight to reduce the load on your AC. You should also consider using ceiling fans to give your AC another little boost.

Why and how to maintain your AC – having your air conditioner inspected each year before the warm temperatures roll in can save you major headaches over the course of the season. Call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing to get set on an annual schedule so you never have to worry about forgetting to maintain your AC!

Why and how to maintain airflow–shutting too many doors inside the house will throw your airflow out of whack, preventing your AC from cooling as effectively as it should.

Why and how to upgrade your unit – air conditioner units today are a lot more efficient than they were even five years ago. Call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing today to find out if you’re ready for an air conditioner upgrade!

For more tips on how to make sure your Gaithersburg air conditioner runs smoothly this summer, call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing!

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