How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently

How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently

We all know that St. Louis summers can be brutal. Sure it’s cool and comfortable now, but that blazing heat is right around the corner. Is your air conditioner ready? Here are some pointers on how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently:

Change Your Filters
Dirty filters destroy your AC’s efficiency. Depending on what kind you have, they should be inspected/changed every 1-3 months. This simple task will greatly improve your energy costs.

Fix Air Leaks
Whether it be a window unit or a central air system, air leaks will cause decreased air flow. This means your AC is not operating at optimal efficiency. Foil tape, foam, and taping can solve air leaks.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Quite simply, you don’t need to blast the AC during the day if you are at work and the kids are at school. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the time and temperature for workdays, weekends, and vacation.

Keep Your AC Unit Free of Obstructions
Trees, shrubs, plants, and other obstructions around your AC unit can have a negative impact on its efficiency. Make sure there’s at least a two-foot radius of clear space around your air conditioner.

Have a Professional Maintenance Plan
Whether it’s MCS or another reputable firm, get on a regular professional maintenance program. Our Maintenance Plans go beyond making sure your unit is clean. Among other things, our program includes cleaning and inspecting coils, adjusting and replacing belts, cleaning or replacing filters, checking refrigerant, inspecting fans and controls, and verifying operating temperatures. Call us today to schedule your AC Checkup. 314-825-2451