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The Ultimate Guide to Air Conditioner FAQs: Everything You Need to Know for a Cool Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means that your AC is about to see increased use. Charleston gets some brutally hot summers, so the last thing you want is an inefficient air conditioner. These useful tips will help you get the most out of your air conditioner and keep you and your family cool and comfortable this summer. 

What Are the Benefits of Summer AC Maintenance?

The key to top AC performance during the summer is professional maintenance. We recommend scheduling a professional tune-up appointment during the late spring, right before the summer months hit and AC reliance increases. Below are some of the key benefits of getting professional air conditioner maintenance. 

Lower Energy Bills

Getting summer maintenance can also lower your monthly cooling bills. An unoptimized system pulls more energy than necessary with little to no gain in performance. The result is your energy bills can suddenly spike when AC usage increases during the summer. 

Better Performance

Above all, getting maintenance for your AC unit increases its performance. Dirty coils and clogged filters make your system less efficient and cooling uneven. Your home will be cooler and your indoor air quality will be better. 

Extend System Lifespan

Air conditioner use significantly increases during the summer, meaning more wear and tear on your system during those months. Maintenance not only makes your system more efficient and extends its lifespan but can also identify and fix potential issues before they become a problem. 

How Can I Maintain My Air Conditioner and Stay Cool During the Summer?

Professional maintenance is the best way to tune up your air conditioner for the season. However, homeowners can perform several tasks on their own to keep their AC working at top efficiency. 

  • Change your air filters at least once every three to six months. Clogged filters drastically decrease efficiency and increase system strain. 
  • Be sure to clear the space around your outdoor unit of any grass or vegetation. Plants and weeds can clog the vents of outdoor units and wall-mounted cooling units, greatly restricting airflow. 
  • Vacuum your home every week to keep dust and dirt under control. You should vacuum more frequently if you own dogs or cats. 
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats have remote controls and can set cooling routines to maximize air conditioner efficiency. 
  • Keep your AC at a set temperature when you are home. The ideal setting for the summer is about 78 degrees. 
  • Visually inspect your duct for cracks and holes. Cracks in your ductwork can reduce airflow from vents. 

How Long Does Summer AC Maintenance Take?

A bi-annual air conditioning tune-up appointment usually takes no more than two hours, though house size, AC layout, and the amount of time since your last appointment can affect maintenance times. 

5-Star Heating & Cooling Experience

Make sure your air conditioner is ready for the hot South Carolina summer. Contact 5 Star Charleston Heating & Air online or call (843) 406-1700 to learn more about our heating and cooling solutions!