The Mississippi heat and humidity push air conditioning units to their limits, often demanding high output from spring through early fall. Without proper AC maintenance, this strain can overtax the system by clogging tubes and coils with debris, and reducing refrigerant levels. When the airflow is restricted, the system is less efficient, which increases energy costs and reduces the lifespan of the equipment.
The Importance of AC Maintenance
An annual pre-season tune-up ensures your system is running at peak performance. This not only increases your comfort but also provides significant energy savings since the unit doesn’t have to work overtime to keep you comfortable in the hot months. When our NATE-certified specialist arrives at your Jackson home typical duties will include lubricating all moving parts, inspecting the condensate drain, tightening loose electrical connections, and cleaning all sections of the unit.
DIY Spring Maintenance
You can also include tending to the AC unit to your annual spring cleaning duties. The first step is to clean or replace the air filter, which can shave up to 15 percent off your energy bill. If you are purchasing a new air conditioner, upgrade to a filter with a minimum MERV rating of 5. The higher the rating, the more likely it will be to catch microscopic dust, pollen, and pet hair – depending on your system. Other preventative maintenance tasks for an exterior condenser unit include checking for pooled water and clearing or hosing off yard debris caught within the unit.
More Ways to Boost AC Efficiency
Increasing the efficiency of the AC unit helps to lower energy costs during the summer. Tasks to add to your spring checkup list include adjusting the programmable thermostat settings, installing ceiling fans, weatherizing by sealing windows and doors, and making sure air return vents aren’t blocked.
Learn more about how Dent Air Conditioning’s AC maintenance program can increase your energy savings and improve the quality of your indoor air. Contact us today at 601-912-0535 to schedule your annual maintenance visit before the busy summer season descends on Mississippi.