There are only a few things better than coming back to a cool, air-conditioned home after being out in the Las Vegas heat all day. However, until the air conditioner breaks down, most homeowners tend to take its benefits for granted. One way to ensure your unit lasts long and doesn’t quit on you when you need it most is maintenance.
Just as your car will decline in performance without regularly scheduled tune-ups, your cooling system will operate less efficiently without proper home air conditioner maintenance too. This is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends professional air conditioning maintenance as the most cost-effective way to improve efficiency and performance.
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According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), air conditioning accounts for around 35 percent of the energy usage in the average American home. In addition to improving system performance, regular air conditioning maintenance saves energy and money. A study conducted by the EPA found that well-maintained air conditioners reduce energy consumption by an average of 15 to 20 percent.
You'll not only enjoy significantly lower monthly energy bills with regular AC maintenance but will help conserve energy as well.
4 HVAC Maintenance Tips for Las Vegas Homeowners
Though some aspects of air conditioner maintenance should be done by a trained professional, there are some things you can do as a homeowner to extend its life.
1. Keep the Filter Clean
One of the main things you can do to ensure efficiency of their air conditioners is to clean or replace the filters. Filters that are clogged and dirty restrict airflow and significantly minimize the system’s efficiency. If normal airflow is restricted, the air that goes around the filter may deliver dirt straight into the evaporator coil and damage the capacity of the coil to absorb heat.
Having an air conditioning unit with an efficient, clean filter can reduce the energy consumption of your air conditioner by 5 - 15%, according to Energy.gov.
2. Clean the AC Evaporator Coils
The conditioner coil and evaporator coil will continue to collect dirt no matter how clean you keep the filter.
The coil becomes insulated by the dirt and hinders its ability to absorb heat, negatively impacting the energy consumption of the air conditioner and costing you money with high energy bills and an eventual unit replacement.
Maintain the cleanliness of the AC evaporator coils by clearing up any debris and dirt around the condenser unit. This may include removing fallen leaves or keeping foliage at a distance of at least 2 feet in order to maintain sufficient air flow.
3. Ensure the Wiring is Intact
Before checking the wiring of your AC unit, turn off the unit’s power. The switch should be located in an exterior shut-off box on your outdoor unit or at the breaker panel in your home.
Check for signs of melting, burned or blackened insulation wires. Also, check to see if all components are tightly screwed in. It would be best to wait for a professional to fix problems with wiring if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. However, when maintaining your air conditioner, merely checking the wiring can keep you up to speed with how the unit is doing. Intact wiring and components go a long way in making sure the unit has a long life.
4. Hire a Professional to Maintain Your Las Vegas Air Conditioner
Maintaining a Las Vegas air conditioner requires more than regular maintenance. A professional, well-trained technician can do a lot more to ensure your air conditioner unit runs effectively, thus reducing your energy bill and making sure your unit lasts a long time.
How Air Conditioner Repair & Maintenance Can You Save Money
Enrolling in an HVAC maintenance plan is the most budget-friendly and convenient way to prevent premature repairs and replacements to your air conditioner.
1. It Reduces Breakdowns and Potential Disasters
An air conditioning unit that does not receive the proper maintenance is bound to break down at some point. Many AC problems are not noticed initially. In fact, you might not know anything is wrong with your AC until it stops working.
Keep in mind that repairing an air conditioner that has broken down can be quite costly. In fact, if you wait too long to get your air conditioner fixed, you may have to get the unit completely replaced. The average cost of replacing an air conditioner can vary, but you can expect to spend a few thousand dollars for a new one—much more than the cost of a maintenance plan.
Disasters can range from units causing house fires, to having to wait in the cold for the next available technician to come out and repair the unit. So many headaches can be avoided through regular maintenance.
2. It Increases Energy Efficiency & Lowers Operating Costs
Your air conditioner most likely uses more electricity than anything else inside of your home. That is why many people notice that their electricity bill skyrockets during the summer months. Some people turn off their air conditioner in order to save electricity. However, a simpler way to save money on your electric bill is to make sure that your AC receives regular maintenance and prompt repair as needed.
This means that it will be able to do the same amount of work, but it will use less energy. If your air conditioner is using less energy, then you will ultimately save a significant amount of money on your electric bill. In fact, simple AC maintenance, such as changing the air filter, and freon checks can help improve the efficiency of your AC unit by as much as 15 percent.
3. It Improves the Quality of Indoor Air Supply
Because regular maintenance keeps the equipment cleaner, it helps save you from the harmful effects that airborne allergens like dust, mold, and bacteria can have on your health as well.
The majority of cases of poor indoor air quality are due to old dirty filters that are long overdue for a replacement. A heating and cooling unit with a dirty filter not only provides poor air quality resulting in worsened asthma or allergies but poor airflow as well. Air from the unit cannot flow easily or evenly if the filter is clogged up with dirt, dust, skin and hair particles. Maintenance of your air conditioning unit throughout the year will guarantee a clean filter, clean air, and adequate airflow.
AC Maintenance and Tuneups with the Cooling Company
You depend on your cooling system to keep you and your family cool and comfortable when Las Vegas temperatures soar. This is why HVAC maintenance is important.
Enrolling in a maintenance program with The Cooling Company is an affordable way to ensure that you enjoy the optimal level of home comfort while keeping your monthly energy bills manageable.
During a typical maintenance call, air conditioning components are cleaned, tested, adjusted and checked for optimal efficiency. From improper refrigerant charges to issues with electrical connections, blowers and motors, potential problems can often be fixed on the spot, saving you the cost of an emergency repair later.
Our maintenance plan also offers you the opportunity to develop an ongoing business relationship with us.
At the Cooling Company we are a valuable resource that you can count on to provide solutions for all of your comfort needs, both today and tomorrow. To learn more or to schedule service, contact the experts at The Cooling Company today.