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With a little consideration and maintenance, a home’s air conditioning system can last for many long, hot summers.
“It pays to sweat the small stuff with air conditioning,” says Rob Mitchell, owner, Mitchell Heating, Colorado Springs, Colorado. “You’ll be happier and your system will work better if you keep on top of small maintenance and upkeep issues, especially as HVAC systems age.”
Here are 10 do’s and don’ts for every Front Range homeowner who wants to keep cool:
1. DO change air filters monthly
Check for dust and debris on the filter at least monthly during heavy use. Dirty filters tax the AC, blocking airflow and reducing efficiency.
2. DO start your system early in the season
Don’t wait until peak heat. Switch on the AC in spring, when there’s time to monitor how well it’s working and address any problem.
3. DO have your system cleaned and serviced yearly
A professional service technician will find and fix issues before they roll up into a costly emergency. A tuneup will ensure your system runs efficiently, saving you money all summer.
4. DO NOT use pleated filters or thick allergy filters
These hefty filters add more resistance to air flow and make your system more expensive to operate.
5. DO NOT lower the thermostat more than 5 degrees
Cooling costs increase by up to 5 percent for every degree you lower the temperature.
6. DO NOT run the system when it’s below 60 degrees outside
It’s a long story involving refrigerant, evaporator coils and condensers. Short story: air conditioners weren’t designed to be used in colder temperatures.
7. DO NOT run the system during lightning storms
Even a weak power surge caused by nearby lighting strikes can hurt your system, damaging its circuitry and controls. Turn your system off and wait out the storm.
8. DO turn off your humidifier when the AC is on
You want less moisture in the air in hot weather, not more, in order to keep cool.
9. DO check condensation lines
Your AC pulls as much as 5 gallons of water from your home’s air during the day. Make sure the drain lines are clear of algae and are draining properly.
10. DO remember this setting: 75 degrees
It’s an optimum setting for summer to keep you cool and keep your AC system working at peak efficiency. Constantly adjusting the thermostat is costly and inefficient.
Mitchell Heating, Colorado Springs, is a hardworking, family-owned heating and cooling expert offering superior service and products to homeowners in Colorado Springs and Denver.
Call Mitchell for prompt service and repair of your HVAC and learn how to keep your system in fine working order year-round. “Let us sweat the small stuff about keeping your HVAC in top shape,” says Mitchell.
This article was produced for and sponsored by Mitchell Heating, Colorado Springs. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.