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How to Help Your AC Last Longer

help-ac-last-longerYour air conditioning system is likely one of the most expensive investments within your home, and as such it’s only natural that you want it to be taken care of. With professional service and careful attention, your cooling system can last a long time, and save you money with better efficiency and lower energy bills in the meantime.

Every air conditioner comes with a manufacturer warranty—usually lasting anywhere from 8–12 years. Ideally, your system will last for many years beyond that—but it can only do that with proper care. There are some small things you can do each summer to keep your air conditioner from working too hard, such as setting your thermostat higher when you aren’t home, wearing lightweight clothes so you don’t need to blast the AC as much, and opening your home in the evening rather than running the air conditioner. You can also ensure that you change your air filter every 1–3 months to protect the interior components.

To truly help your air conditioner last longer, though, there are other Herndon, VA air conditioning services that require the aid of an HVAC professional, which we’ll get to below.

Professional Maintenance

An annual (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) maintenance appointment is a sure way to cut down on system wear and tear, and extend the life of your system in the process. This also helps lower your monthly cooling bills. Maintenance allows our professional technicians to correct any little problems you might not have even been aware of, such as frayed wires, and loose bolts, before they turn into much larger emergencies that could result in a full system breakdown.

When you stick with your regular maintenance appointments, you’ll extend the lifespan of the various components with your air conditioning system, and by default, the life of the air conditioner itself. Maintenance also improves the system’s performance—again, cutting down on your monthly bills.

Consider These System Upgrades

In addition to staying on top of your air conditioning maintenance appointments, you can further help extend your air conditioner’s lifespan by making certain upgrades to help improve its effectiveness and cut down on system strain. Every home is unique, so different upgrades will benefit you more than others, but it’s good to know your options.

  • Air Filtration System: Dirt, dust, and other debris not only threaten the quality of your indoor air, but they can also cause a lot of problems for your air conditioner. They increase friction on moving parts, and thus add to your system’s workload. The right air filtration system can help resolve this problem, and make for healthier air that you and your family breathe every day.
  • Zone Control: These systems divide your air ducts into sections, enabling each section to be cooled independently of the others. This lets you run the air in parts of the home you’re occupying, while turning it off in parts of the home that you aren’t.
  • Thermostats: There are a number of options for thermostat upgrades these days. Even switching from an old manual thermostat to a basic digital one can improve temperature precision, and thus keep your air conditioner from working as hard as it would otherwise.

Contact AllTech Services, Inc. today for expert air conditioning services.

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