New Port Richey - Here are 11 Scientifically Backed Ways To Extend the Life of Your Central A/C System
Did you know:
Central air conditioning systems are the single largest investment you are likely to make in your home?
Of course they are. It’s an investment that comes with a 5-digit price tag, and New Port Richey AC repair bills can be a serious burden. Of course you you want to make it last as long as you possibly can.
However, a poorly maintained air conditioner isn’t likely to last the 10-15 years (or more) that you’re hoping for – and it may run inefficiently, before it finally fails.
But don’t worry – you can do better.
With proper maintenance and a few relatively simple strategies, you can extend the life of your air conditioning system far beyond the warranty period.
Let’s dive in.
1. Change your filters regularly. The most common air conditioner issues can often be traced back to the air filters. When those are changed infrequently – or not at all – or when an inappropriate filter is utilized, your system suffers.
Worst of all – this all leads to HIGHER BILLS. And we can all agree that those are unacceptable.
2. Use an effective low-resistance filter. Air filters come with differing levels of resistance. The manufacturer of your system will have an opinion on proper filters, but you can choose an alternative with the help of your local air conditioning service.
Low resistance filters allow the air to circulate more freely, which lightens the load. Your system will last longer if it is putting in the minimum work for the maximum result.
3. Ask your HVAC repair service about TUNE-UPS.
This is something we should straighten out right now:
MAINTENANCE is absolutely critical to your air conditioner’s health.
Skimping on your regular maintenance is the fastest way we know to ensure that your AC repair bills will be astronomical. A tune-up is an important part of your system’s upkeep, and any HVAC repair company is going to be able to help you.
If you don’t have a maintenance agreement, it isn’t hard to find. No matter where you are, your trusty friends at Google will respond with highly rated local professionals if you search “AC repair near me” from your phone or any device with location services enabled.
For anyone in the New Port Richey area, feel free to reach out to us directly.
During a standard tune up, your air conditioning service professional will:
We are often asked how frequently you should have your system tuned up. The answer is at LEAST annually or biannually or if you have furry pets in the home. You should schedule these a few months in advance before you turn it on for the cooling season.
For more questions, contact us directly and we’ll answer any questions you have.
4. Clean the parts of your system you can – including SUPPLY VENTS and RETURN GRILLS.
You should not depend on an AC repair company, even a fantastic one, to do everything for you.
Owning a central air conditioner comes with a few simple responsibilities for you, and attending to them in a timely fashion will help you immeasurably over the years. Not only will it keep your system alive longer, it will keep your bills lower in the meantime.
Don’t want to do any complex cleaning? Don’t worry. It’s easy.
Cleaning your vent grills is far less complex and labor intensive than cleaning your oven, washing your car, or mowing your lawn. The grills will trap dust in the same way that your air filter does, except that they aren’t designed for it.
Also - just like air filters, those grills can cause reduced airflow. It’s important that you take care of this little chore.
Which is why we’re putting a step-by-step guide right here for you. Here’s what you do.
For a more elaborate clean:
5. Consider installing ceiling fans.
A great way to extend the life of your system that isn’t brought up often is ceiling fan installations. Think of them like assistants – they make your system’s job much easier. They move very large volumes of air, slowly and inexpensively.
Air blowing directly down across your skin makes the room feel several degrees cooler. Fans in the ceiling help to circulate the air, which can allow you to set your thermostat 3 or 4 degrees higher.
That allows your central air conditioner to reduce the duration of the active cycle, which reduces energy consumption. As an added bonus, they’re great for the environment, too.
What does that spell in terms of savings?
We thought you might ask. Ceiling fans pay for themselves very quickly. Here’s a mathematical breakdown you may find intriguing:
6. Consider adding a UV light to your system.
Now this sounds like science fiction, but:
You can have ULTRAVIOLET LIGHTS installed in your air conditioning system.
This isn’t the cheapest solution on our list – not by a longshot – but it has been scientifically PROVEN to help improve your system’s efficiency and performance. If performance is improved, so is system longevity.
How do these space-age accessories help my air conditioner?
Well, that’s a fair question. Let’s start with a question for you:
If any of those questions had you nodding your head, then your HVAC repair tech might suggest installing a UV light. They are very effective, depending on installation. They’re actually particularly effective in warm and humid climates – hello there, Florida!
UV lights target mold growth and bacteria. They don’t have any real impact on dust, pollen, or pet dander. However, installed near the coils, they prevent air passing through from carrying mold.
Prices have been dropping dramatically over the last decade with prices that now hover around the $300-$600 mark. Also, the bulbs must be replaced annually, at a cost of $80-$110.
How does this impact my systems lifespan?
The key thing to takeaway here is that you want your air conditioning service and accessories to support the main system. The less work that your system has to do, the more money you will save, and the longer it will last.
7. Get a proper ductwork evaluation.
An HVAC repair company should have technicians who are trained to evaluate whether your current ductwork is efficient and well designed for your home.
During the evaluation, a tech will look for airflow leaks and verify that the setup and layout of your ducts is appropriate and properly supports your air conditioning system.
Did you know?
The average home wastes 20-30% of their air through leaky or uninsulated ducts?
That’s a staggering amount of waste, and it’s costing you a fortune. Ask your New Port Richey air conditioning service professional to fix that, and you’ll find the efficiency and lifespan of your system gets a big boost.
8. Consider upgrading your thermostat.
Is your thermostat doing everything it can to improve your system’s efficiency? If not, it’s probably going to shorten your AC’s life. Older thermostats are lacking features that modern ones use to increase the performance of your air conditioner.
Also, if your thermostat is placed near a vent, or in a particularly sunny space, or near lamps or other heat-producing devices, it may be getting improper temperature information, which will negatively affect performance.
Part of upgrading is making sure that thermostat is placed in the optimal location within your home.
What makes a modern thermostat so special?
In short, everything. In detail:
Ask your service company today whether a thermostat upgrade is in your future.
9. Keep your condenser unit cleared of obstructions and dirt.
The outside portion of your system is called the condenser, and it has to deal with a lot more wear and tear than the air handler inside your home. A good cleaning is part of the tune-up process but there is a lot you can do to keep it clean in between those big annual cleanings.
If the pros are doing it, why should you?
Bottom line: Because the cleaner you keep it, the longer your AC lives, and the lower your bills are.
Once a year really isn’t enough if you want the MAXIMUM performance out of your system. Your condenser has a really big job – it dissipates the heat from inside your home. If the condenser coils and fins are clogged, that heat has trouble escaping.
Think of it like covering yourself up in a snowsuit during a heat wave. Heat couldn’t escape your body and you’d overheat, right?
This makes your air conditioner run poorly.
What does cleaning your condenser entail?
This isn’t too complicated, either. All you need to do is clear debris away and make sure there is plenty of clearance – a few feet, at least – around the unit housing. By debris, we mean dirt, bird feathers, grass clippings, trash, and anything else that gets trapped in there.
Then you, or your landscaper, should trim bushes, grasses, and anything else growing nearby away from the housing to keep it clear.
10. Shade your outdoor unit.
Going back to the “work smart, not hard” mentality that is a common them throughout this article, it has been proven that shading your outdoor unit can increase efficiency by up to 10%.
Shade can come in the form of trees, so long as you keep a vigilant eye to make sure leaves aren’t clogging the unit, or you can purchase and install a purpose-built shade.
11. Spot check often. Repairs are best caught early, before they cause a domino effect. Keeping an eye on simple things will help you catch repairs while they are simple and cheap. Here’s what to keep your senses out for:
If you still aren’t certain that you’ve done everything you can, contact us, and we’ll send a New Port Richey AC repair specialist to audit your home for efficiency. We can help you maximize your system’s lifespan.
If you have questions or to learn more, call us today at 727-270-9819.