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The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Monthly Air Conditioner Maintenance You As A Homeowner Should Do

by Jamie Shaw

Most people don't do any type of maintenance on their air conditioners until they begin to have a problem. At this point, it may be too late and you could be setting yourself up for a premature breakdown of your system. Maintenance of your air conditioning system should be done every month throughout the season while you are using your air conditioning system. Read on for some monthly air conditioning maintenance tasks you as a homeowner should do.

Spray Your Unit Clean

Throughout the warm weather season, your air conditioning unit can accumulate with all types of debris. All of the mowing you do near your system, the wind blowing, the trees and other plants nearby that can cause debris to blow into your unit. The accumulation of this debris can block the airflow to your unit. If you have too much accumulated, it can cause your system to breakdown. Spray the unit at least once per month with the garden hose to get rid of the debris. Be sure to also clean up the area around your unit. Trim back weeds that may be growing up too closely to your unit.

Change The Air Filter

Swap out your old air filter with a brand new one. Much like the debris on the exterior unit can block the flow of air, a clogged air flow can create the same type of problem. Change the air filter every month to ensure your air conditioner is going to run properly throughout the season and through every season without too many problems. If you aren't sure where to find your air filter, you can contact a professional air conditioning serviceman for help with this task, or you can check with the manufacturer's guide to help you find it. Remove the old filter and replace it in the same manner.

Clean Up The Perimeter

Make sure the perimeter around the exterior of the unit is clear. You should have a clear perimeter of at least 2 feet all the way around your unit. This means you need to remove weeds, plants, yard debris or anything else that is too close to your unit. Trim bushes, plants and trees that may have limbs too close to the unit. 

If you aren't sure how to maintain your air conditioner, use the information above to help guide you. Make sure to keep an eye out for any problems with your air conditioner and call a professional HVAC company for help with any issues you may be having with your system to prevent worsening the problem.