With average summer highs in Florida averaging in the high 90s, staying cool is a high priority for most Tampa Bay area residents. Taking steps to ensure that your HVAC system is in peak condition before the start of warmer weather can reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns so you keep cool and comfortable for the entire season. Here are five simple steps that can help your cooling system perform better all summer long.
Keeping Things Clean
Dirt and dust on your evaporator and condenser coils can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Excess dust can cause these components to overheat, shortening their lifespan, increase the risk of equipment failure and the costs associated with emergency repairs. By cleaning these elements of your cooling system each spring, you can lower your utility bills and also enjoy greater comfort inside your Florida home.
Change Your Air Filters
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, changing your air filters can reduce the cost of operating your air conditioner by as much as 15 percent. This can add up to significant savings over the course of a typical Florida summer. New filters are a relatively inexpensive investment in the long-term performance of your cooling system. Replacing them each month can improve your indoor air quality while extending the life of your HVAC system.
Weed Out Problems
Grass and other vegetation around your outdoor condenser unit can block air flow and may lead to failure of this critical component of your cooling system. Clearing away these unwanted plants can help your condenser perform more effectively in hot, humid weather and may reduce the need for emergency air conditioning repairs. Once the foliage has been cleared away, take time to wash the unit thoroughly with a garden hose. Make note of any bent or flattened fins. Your air conditioning technician can often straighten these with specialized tools to help your condenser unit perform at optimal efficiency.
Check Your Ductwork
Dust and moisture in the ducts of your Florida home can cause serious respiratory issues for vulnerable individuals. Mold growth is especially dangerous and can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Investing in duct cleaning and sealing can improve the quality of your indoor air and can allow every member of your family to breathe easier throughout the hot and humid summer months in Largo and the surrounding areas.
Schedule a Complete Checkup
While you may be able to perform minor HVAC maintenance tasks on your own, there really is no substitute for a comprehensive spring checkup by a professional technician. The services performed during these preventive maintenance visits typically include the following:
- Testing the thermostat to ensure accuracy and proper performance
- Cleaning and draining the condensate drain line
- Lubricating the motor
- Checking all electrical connections and tightening them where necessary
- Inspecting the blower motor for damage or dust
- Evaluating the condition and performance of electronic components
- Checking the temperature split on evaporators and condensers to assess performance
- Cleaning condenser coils
- Measuring refrigerant levels and pressure readings
After the inspection, your HVAC technician will provide you with an assessment of the current condition of your system. In some cases, he or she may also offer recommendations for repairs or upgrades that can provide added benefits for you and your family. This guidance can prove extremely helpful in budgeting for replacement or repairs in the months ahead.
At United Air Conditioning, we offer comprehensive heating and cooling repair and replacement services for our clients in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties in Florida. Our skilled technicians will work with you to find the most cost-effective and dependable solutions for all your HVAC needs. We offer scalable maintenance plans designed to suit your needs, allowing you to enjoy the greatest comfort throughout the year. To learn more about the benefits of our full lineup of preventive maintenance plans and services, call our friendly and courteous customer service representatives at 727-470-6803. We look forward to hearing from you.
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