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Tips for Increasing Your Air Conditioner Efficiency This Summer

air-conditioner-techWe’re finally getting up into the high 70’s on a semi-regular basis, which means that summer is just around the corner. Before you go cranking your air conditioner all the way up, though, you should have a look below at some of the tips we’ve outlined for keeping your system as efficient as possible. Follow our guidelines, and you won’t have to worry about your system failing you when you need it the most. No one wants to be without a reliable air conditioner in the middle of summer, after all.

Replace Your Air Conditioner with a New One

If you have an old air conditioner that may not be up to the task of keeping you cool for another season, why bother keeping it? Spring is the perfect time to replace your old air conditioner with a new one. You’ll be able to take advantage of new advances in air conditioning methods, the peak efficiency that only a new system can provide, and you won’t have to worry about your old one breaking down under the strain. Generally, we recommend replacing your air conditioner if it’s older than 15 years, or is breaking down multiple times a year.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

If you’re keeping your current system for another year, we highly recommend that you schedule preventive maintenance for it during the spring season. Air conditioning problems can be pretty sneaky, and you may go into summer with a nasty one lurking in your system without realizing it. Scheduling preventive maintenance during the spring allows your technician to locate and resolve any issues in your air conditioner before they have a chance to cause any damage. It will also give you a chance to take full advantage of the boost in energy efficiency that preventive maintenance provides. After all, when else are you going to want a discount on your monthly air conditioning bills if not during the summer?

Call for Repairs if You Need to

Preventive maintenance can lower the odds of a serious problem developing with your air conditioner by a significant amount. However, it can’t guarantee that your system will never run into problems. You still need to keep an eye out for signs that your air conditioner is struggling in some way, so that you can call for repairs for it as soon as possible.

There are a lot of different symptoms that indicate that your air conditioner is malfunctioning. Strange noises, leaking fluids, low output, and unusually high monthly bills are all signs that your air conditioner should probably be checked out by a professional. Ultimately, though, you should probably call for repairs if you notice anything suspicious with your air conditioner. Better to have it checked and have it turn out to be nothing than to ignore a potentially serious problem.

Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. offers a full range of air conditioning services in Joliet, IL. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional air conditioning technicians.  

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