A close up shot of a central air conditioner condenser

A Guide to a Stress-Free Summer: AC Edition

Central Air Conditioning Tips for Homeowners

Being the owner of a central air conditioner is quite a perk! From being able to cool your entire home with the push of a button to not having to worry about lugging window-based air conditioning units around at the start/end of each season, a central comfort system is truly a luxury like no other!

However, while your central air conditioner may seem to be self-sufficient and will carry on through the years without a hitch, that couldn’t be further from the truth. To keep your central air conditioning system in tip-top shape throughout the warmer months of the year, you’ll have to provide your unit with some TLC now and then.

Here’s what to keep in mind:

Never Skip Annual Tune-Up Appointments in the Spring

While tune-ups may seem like a waste of time to some homeowners, they’re extremely vital to the well-being of your central air conditioner. Typically, it would be best if you considered having your air conditioner maintained by a professional at least once a year (i.e., early spring).

However, if you feel like your air conditioner could use a “boost,” there’s no harm in having it tuned up during peak season (i.e., summer) — make sure to schedule an appointment ASAP.

Annual tune-ups can help increase the efficiency of your central cooling system, uphold the manufacturer’s warranty, prevent breakdowns, and even have the potential to increase your system’s lifespan!

Make a Conscious Effort to Replace Your Air Filter Often

Sure, as long as your central air conditioning unit is running, there’s no need to worry about replacing your current air filter — wrong. One of the most overlooked pieces of the air conditioning puzzle is the air filter. This part will help block out dust from your AC’s components and keep airborne allergens from making their way into your air ducts and redistributing with the cold air you desire.

On average, a central air conditioner’s filter should be replaced about every 30 to 60 days. Of course, the more regularly you replace it, the less strain you’ll put on the unit (as well as your indoor air quality). If you’re looking to replace your air filter a little less frequently, you may want to consider looking into those of a higher quality or an air filter that can be washed — rather than tossed away.

Don’t Put Off Lingering Air Conditioning Repairs

If your vehicle made a strange noise as you were taking it out for a drive, would you continue to cruise, or would you pull over to the side of the road? In a similar light, the same concept should apply to your central air conditioner — the minute it makes a strange sound, turn it off and call your HVAC technician right away.

Unfortunately, when central air conditioner repairs are put off, they will make your central cooling system work twice as hard to get the job done. Additionally, the “injury” could even shorten the lifespan of your unit (as well as create a potential safety hazard in your home).

Consider Making Improvements to Help Increase Efficiency

Just because your air conditioner seems to be working fine doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. If you’re looking to make a noticeable difference in your home, as well as your monthly utility bills, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat.

Also referred to in the industry as a “learning thermostat,” this device will help keep your Southern California home as comfortable as possible using minimal energy consumption. The secret behind this is that your smart thermostat will begin to learn your cooling preferences. If it seems that there’s room for performance improvement, it can make the adjustments for you.

Additionally, smart thermostats invite homeowners to control their central cooling system in two ways: the panel on the wall and your smartphone (or a computer). Speaking about the latter, you’ll be able to adjust your home’s temperature wherever you are in the world — as long as you have a steady internet connection!

Central Air Conditioning Services in Orange County, California

Summers in Southern California can be brutal. And if your central air conditioning system is on the fritz, your once comfortable home can turn into a sauna quickly. Solution? Contact the Orange County cooling professionals at Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for assistance!

Give our friendly team a call at (714) 695-5566 or contact us online for more information!