Air Conditioning UnitOn hot summer days, your air conditioning is your only saving grace to experience a cool and relaxing relief. However, like any equipment you have in your home, your AC requires a little maintenance to ensure they’ll run smoothly for a long period of time. Experts at Alvey HVAC share their insights.

Filters Matter

Dirty filters are the number enemy of your AC. Uncleaned filters usually affect the efficiency of your unit. So, if you want to ensure your AC system is in good and fully functional condition, it is necessary to wash or change your filters every month. For better filtration, look for filters that have higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value). This is not only good for your AC, but also to your pocket.

Beware of Leaks

Leaks on your AC ducts can reduce almost 30% of your system’s total airflow. To help you spot any leaks, you can use the basic smoke trick. Just simply light a stick of incense and hold it where your system and window frame meet. If the smoke blows around the ducts that means you’ve got leakage. For this one, you can just seal them up with foil tape. However, for more serious outflow, it would be better to ask a professional to do the repair for you.

Time ‘Em Up

Instead of turning on and off your unit manually which is tiresome, try automating your thermostat to set the temperature higher when you’re away and cooler when you’re at home. This will not only provide easier control over your system but can also save you more on your utility bills. Since most units today now have a built-in and programmable system, so it wouldn’t be hard for you to find one based on your specifications.

These are just some of the most basic know-how you need to learn about your air conditioning unit. Keep these things in mind and you’ll surely enjoy a fully functional AC system, as well as cool and relaxing home.