Is it possible that acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell unintentionally coined the phrase that most accurately describes the indifferent relationship most homeowners have with their air conditioner? “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”
Air conditioning in Arizona is as essential as water. However, it’s ironic that in some ways, air conditioners are victims of their own dependability. Most AC units are built to last long and work reliably, even under extreme circumstances, such as summers in Phoenix. When you have an appliance that provides cool home comfort year in and year out, it’s easy to forget about preventive maintenance. Why call for service when there’s nothing wrong? Of course, that carefree feeling goes flying out the window when your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of summer, and you realize you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone.
Three Steps You Can Take to Have Worry Free AC
Your air conditioning system is multifaceted and complex with components located both inside and outside your home. There are numerous different systems, fans, motors, switches, electrical parts, vents and more that go into delivering cool air to every room in your house. It’s a symphony of mechanical and electrical engineering. Keeping it running in top form requires years of training and professional expertise. Here are the things you can do to get the most out of your AC in the coming year.
- Establish an Ongoing Relationship with an Outstanding Air Conditioning Service Provider
It may seem slightly self-serving to put this item number one on the list, but today’s HVAC systems are too complicated for most homeowners to handle on their own. Choosing the right AC service provider means establishing a relationship with a company that will get to know your air conditioner and understand its strengths and weaknesses. The whole point of doing twice yearly service inspections (one in early spring to prepare for summer and again in the fall to get ready for winter) is to avoid having breakdowns in the middle of a heatwave. Over the year, varying components of your air conditioning system will wear out at different times. It’s important to have a service technician who knows your air conditioner and can inform you as to when it’s time to repair or replace major parts.
- Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Checked
If it has been a long time (many years) since you have had your ducts checked you might want to consider having them inspected and cleaned this spring. Depending on how old your home is, your vents may have been installed but never looked at again. Ducts are vital to delivering cooled air to every room in your house, yet they are generally the most disregarded part of a home’s overall HVAC system. In terms of an overall AC reset, it’s important to review all the ducts to check for leaks, dirt, mold, possible unwanted visitors (mice or rodents) and problem areas. Though you can’t see the inside of your ducts they are crucial to the health and well-being of your family.
- Evaluate All Aspects of Your Home to Ensure Maximum AC Efficiency
When you hit the AC reset button, you not only need to review your air conditioner service, parts and components but also take time to assess the efficiency of your home and surroundings. One of the largest factors to heat gain in any home is the blazing sun coming through windows facing east, south and west. Is it time to consider heavy sun blocking drapes or blinds? Could your home benefit from planting some shade trees to block the sun? Do you have individual ceiling fans in every room? Ceiling fans are excellent at reducing energy costs and keep you cool throughout the summer. Can you benefit from installing a wi-fi enabled smart thermostat? The short answer is, yes. Let one of our friendly service techs tell you how smart thermostats can save you money on your utility bills.
Let Us Perform a Complete HVAC System Inspection and Evaluation
Make this the year of your AC reset. Let us help you get the most out of your air conditioning by doing a complete tune-up and inspection on your system. Our professionals are knowledgeable and experienced and they’re friendly, too! Give us a call today.