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Getting Your Air Conditioning System Ready for This Summer

Summer is around the corner! Are you ready to handle the sweltering heat? It’s time to check your home’s air conditioning system. To begin with, change filters of the cooling system as the dirty filters restrict air flow. Set your thermostat to cooling mode to find out whether the air conditioner is properly working or not. If there is some problem with air conditioning, then call the technician to fix the problem. Whatever type of system you choose, check for the capacity, performance, and energy efficiency.

Types of Air Conditioners

  • Portable AC: These AC’s possess limited capacities and don’t require professional installation. They are suitable for cooling a smaller area.
  • Windows AC: These are the most commonly used air conditioner for single rooms. Windows AC’s are self-installable and can be fitted in a slot made in the wall.
  • Split Air Conditioner: It has two parts; the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. Indoor components have an evaporator coil and cooling fans whereas the outdoor component is having expansion valve, condenser, and compressor. It is more powerful than windows ac and capable of cooling more than 1 or 2 rooms.
  • Central Air Conditioning: It is used for cooling big buildings, movie theaters, hotels, gymnasium, and factories. It has a huge compressor with the capacity for producing tons of air conditioning.

Other choices include ducted ac, evaporative ac, and reverse cycle (heating and cooling) ac. The cost of the air conditioning may vary according to your requirement.

How to get your air conditioner ready for summer

Air conditioner is one of the expensive home appliances. A properly maintained air conditioning system saves up to 20 percent of electric bill, reduce energy cost, and increases efficiency & reliability. Below mentioned is a checklist to help you maintain the air conditioning system before summer heats up.

  • Clean the Filters: It is recommended to clean the filter once a month. A clogged filter reduces airflow and cause the cooling coils to ice up. If the filter is not clean, then there is a risk of dust, pollens and allergens entering your house.
  • Clean all the debris from around the condensing unit: Ensure that the surrounding area is free of shrubs and dirt, as it can obstruct the flow of air around the surroundings. If the condensing unit is under the direct rays of the sun, then place the AC under shade which will help in increasing the cooling functions.
  • Schedule a AC Cleaning from a trusted authority: Routine AC repair and maintenance ensures the highest energy efficiency and improves the life expectancy of the system. In addition, it helps to reduce the electricity bill.
  • Change your old thermostat to a programmable one: Use a mercury switch made of glass tube filed with silvery substance, as it will save up to $150 a year.

Now, it’s the time to get your air conditioning system ready for beating the heat of the summer season. The above mentioned guidelines will help to maintain the air conditioners of your house in the best condition.

Source by Tina Neville

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