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Ac maintenance for fort collins

  1. 1. Correct air condition maintenance is essential for the device, be it a central cooling system or window unit,to work appropriately we know at Heating and Cooling Fort Collins. There are many upkeep checks thathomeowners could quickly do themselves that do not take much time. Periodic assessments by a certifiedHVAC individual should be done also.Heating and Cooling Recommends the Following Items Be CheckedChange the Air FiltersThe most convenient thing you can do to ensure your system keeps you cool, is to alter the air filtersroutinely. Changing them every other month for central air systems is a good measure. For those with in thehouse pets that shed, they will require examined more often. Not only will this help save cash on the homesenergy usage, it will improve the air quality of the house too.Proper Air FlowMake sure there is nothing blocking the flow of air around the outside unit. Any plantings, hedges or fencingyou might have to conceal your outdoor unit need to be at least 12 to 15 inches away. With window devices,dont cover your window unit with drapes or curtains when its on.Cleaning the Condenser CoilsThe condensing coils on an air conditioner will get extremely filthy in time. Like a stopped up filter,obstructed fins and coils on the outside device could cause your system to work harder and subsequentlybreak down. Use a nylon brush or broom and your garden hose to rinse leaves, grass and various otherdebris from the fins. Use the garden hose to gently spray off the exterior side of the condenser. Rinsing thecondenser clears any loose dirt, particles, or residue from the parts and metal areas. It is most effectively todisconnect power at the condenser prior to washing. It is important to additionally clean any dirt or lintbuild-up in the bottom of the air conditioning unit so the condensate water will be picked up by thecondensing fan slinger effectively.If you have a window unit, do this in the Spring, prior to you install the device for the season, and again inthe fall, before putting it away.It is good to periodically inspect the cooling coils for frost or ice build up too.Appropriate Cycling of the Cooling SystemAir conditioning units have a cooling system identical to a refrigerators. It is very important not to turn thedevice off then back on right away. It is best to wait at least ten minutes after shutting the device off topermit the pressure in the refrigeration system to equalize once again. This will absolutely prolong the life ofyour air conditioning unit.Program the ThermostatFor a central system, throughout the warm season set your thermostat to a somewhat higher temperature
  2. 2. level during the day, when you leave the house, and a lower temperature level when you get home fromwork. Todays programmable thermostats can even work by means of WiFi or your smartphone, so you canraise the setting when you leave to run errands, and then remotely turn it back down when you are on yourway home. This lowers energy costs as well aslowers strain on the system.Shut window units off when you are gone for they utilize a lot more energy than a central cooling system.Get a Tune-UpThe best means to keep your whole-house cooling system problem free is to have Heating and Cooling giveit a tune-up once a year in the Spring. As part of the tune-up, we will examine and clean filters, examinationthe internal mechanisms and charge the unit with refrigerant.Various other Things to Monitor* Examine the cord on your window unit for frayed or worn areas. It might should be replaced.* Use drapes and blinds to shut out the sun from warming spaces so the air conditioning unit doesnt need towork as much.* If you live near the ocean, you will want to protect outdoor units from corrosion with a paste wax. Simplyapply and buff it in.* As always, check for air leaks around windows and doors and seal them up! Undoubtedly it does not makegood sense for your air conditioning unit to work more than it needs too.Heating and Cooling Fort Collins hopes these pointers are advantageous and will help preserve the life ofyour cooling device, however your money invested on energy usage also. Dont think twice to call us withany questions you may have.Heating and Cooling Fort Collins