Spring has arrived in Saint Louis, Missouri, which means that it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home comfortable for warm and humid weather. Now is the right time to schedule air conditioning maintenance for your central air conditioning system. Here are three ways spring AC maintenance saves you money and keeps you comfortable.
Improve Energy Efficiency With a New Filter
According to the United States Department of Energy, a replacing dirty air filter could save 5 to 15 percent on your cooling costs. Check the air filter every 30 days. Replace it every 90 days or sooner if it’s dirty. If your home includes a furry pet, smoker or person with allergies or asthma, it’s a good idea to change the filter more frequently. Air filter replacement is also part of a spring air conditioning maintenance visit.
Seal Air Leaks for Efficient Cooling
During a maintenance visit, the technician measures the airflow from your central air conditioning system. This includes checking the ducts for leaks. Sealing any leaks or repairing loose or damaged air ducts prevents the cooled and dehumidified air from leaking into your walls or crawl space. Your home will also feel more comfortable when the cooled air reaches your living spaces.
Reduce Malfunctions with Clean and Lubricated Parts
The Indoor Air Quality Association explains that preventive maintenance could save 30 percent on your cooling costs. Some of the maintenance tasks during a tune-up include cleaning the fins, coils, and condensate line. This prevents overheating of the motor or backup of water. The technician also lubricates the moving parts, including the motor and fan in the compressor and air handler. Properly lubricated parts don’t get as hot, and they experience less wear and tear. This means fewer malfunctions and a longer system lifespan.
For more information about how air conditioning maintenance benefits your home and saves money, check out Indoor Comfort Team’s AC maintenance plans or call today.