Help Your Air Conditioner Make It To Summer's Finish Line

If summer is in full swing in your neck of the woods, chances are you've already been pumping one or more air conditioners on full blast for much of the day. If your air conditioners are indeed seeing heavy use, it's important to take a step back every once in a while and assess the situation. If your air conditioner receives too much wear and tear, it could break down and leave you and your family miserable for at least a little while. Here are some tips to help make sure your A/C will make it to the end of the summer.

At Least Clean the Filter If You Don't Want to Replace It Just Yet

Replacing your air conditioner's filter is a common maintenance task that can do a lot of good for your A/C. A clean and clear filter will help your air conditioner run much more efficiently, reducing wear and tear in the process. If your A/C is seeing extremely heavy use, you might even want to swap out the filter as often as once a month for best results.

But if you can't afford it or can't be bothered to go to the store and get a brand new filter that often, at least be proactive enough to turn the A/C off, take the filter out, and do what you can to brush away any obvious debris. Even removing a little bit of dust and gunk will help your A/C out in the long run.

Can You Set a Schedule or Install a New Thermostat?

Giving your air conditioner an extended break every once in a while can also help. If your house does not yet have a programmable thermostat, consider calling an air conditioner expert to have one installed. If you have an older window unit with no programmable features, at least put the A/C on Economy mode (or equivalent.) 

You may find that your house cools down enough at night on certain days that you can turn the A/C off entirely until the morning. Run some ceiling fans or open the windows to allow a cool breeze in and give your air conditioner some rest.

Consider a Mid Season Switch

If your current A/C isn't getting the job done, there's no problem with making a mid-summer switch to a new unit. You could get an upgraded window unit with additional features or move completely to central air if desired.

Contact an air conditioner sales specialist today if you need a mid-summer upgrade to keep your family cool.