Boost Comfort and Savings with DIY Air Conditioning Care

As summer approaches, keeping your air conditioning system in top shape becomes crucial for maintaining a comfortable home while minimizing energy costs. B&B Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. understands the importance of proper AC maintenance, and we’ve compiled some helpful DIY tips to ensure your unit runs efficiently all season long.

Clean or Replace Air Filters

Dirty air filters can restrict airflow, causing your AC to work harder and consume more energy. Check your filter every month and clean or replace it as needed. A clean filter can lower your cooling costs by up to 15%.

Clear Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system needs proper airflow to function correctly. Remove any debris, leaves, or vegetation within a 2-foot radius around the unit. Trim back any overgrown shrubbery that may be obstructing the airflow.

Inspect and Clean Condensate Drain

The condensate drain line carries moisture away from your AC unit. Over time, it can become clogged with algae or debris, leading to water backup and potential damage. Check the drain line regularly and use a small wire or condensate drain cleaner to clear any blockages.

Thermostat Adjustments

Setting your thermostat to a higher temperature can significantly reduce your energy consumption. For every degree you raise the thermostat, you can save up to 3% on cooling costs. Aim for a comfortable temperature around 78°F when you’re at home and raise it a few degrees when you’re away.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings can cause your AC to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any drafts and improve the overall efficiency of your cooling system.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

While DIY maintenance is essential, it’s also crucial to have your AC system serviced by a professional technician from B&B Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at least once a year. Our experts will thoroughly inspect, clean, and tune-up your unit, ensuring it operates at peak performance and identifying any potential issues before they become major problems.

By following these DIY tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance, you can maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning system, extend its lifespan, and enjoy a comfortable home while saving money on your energy bills.