Our tips for helping your air conditioner live a longer life

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Air conditioners, on average, last about 15-20 years. That’s a pretty wide range. To make sure you are closer to the 20-year end of the spectrum, you need to properly take care of your system. The best step homeowners can take is scheduling seasonal maintenance from a trusted, professional HVAC company like Dent Air Conditioning. Help your AC live longer by having our team take care of it for you.

Regularly replacing your home's air filter can help your AC unit work more efficiently and effectively, reducing the overall wear-and-tear on the system and helping your air conditioner live a longer life.

To schedule a summer AC tune-up, contact us today! Our dedicated technicians are ready to help get your air conditioner prepared for the rest of the summer months ahead.

Have a professional perform seasonal tune-ups

Think of your AC unit like a car. It, too, requires regular tune-ups to ensure everything is working properly. You should have an HVAC professional from the team here at Dent inspect your unit at least once per year (twice a year if you have a heat pump). This lets you know of any potential small issues before they have a chance to become larger problems.

Keep the outdoor unit clean and free of debris

Many homes have the AC unit on the side of the house or in the backyard. It’s important to be mindful not to stack any debris or other yard work around your outdoor unit. If too much builds up, it will begin to negatively impact the functionality of your unit by blocking proper airflow. Also, you want to make sure your unit sits a few inches off of the ground. If your unit is on your roof, make sure that leaves and other debris aren’t accumulating inside the system, especially during the fall, winter, and spring.

Make use of your blinds

It’s no secret that when it’s hot outside, your AC unit works harder. During the summer months of June, July, and August, it has to work a lot harder to get your home to your desired, comfortable temperature. Blinds can help more than you think. Blocking out unnecessary sunlight from getting inside will prevent your AC from having to do as much work. Close your blinds while you are away or at work, and your home should be significantly cooler when you return.

Invest in a smart thermostat

As time progresses, more and more technology is becoming available to help cut down on energy usage and energy costs. Having a programmable thermostat makes it easy for you to regulate your AC usage when you aren’t home. By not running your AC during the middle (and hottest) part of the day while you’re at work, you will significantly cut down on your summer electric bills.

Regularly change your filter

All air conditioning units have filters that need to be replaced once every few months. The standard is usually about every 90 days for pet-free homes and about every 60 days for homes with pets. The purpose of these filters is to collect dirt, dust, pet hair, and debris to keep it from circulating around your home. A dirty filter will cause your unit to have to work harder than it should, since it has to move airflow through the clogged filter.

Call Dent for all of your AC services

Dent Air Conditioning is the team to trust with your annual cooling maintenance here in the Jackson metro area. Our NATE-certified technicians are AC experts. We maintain all makes and models, and our thorough checkup will ensure that your system is ready for the rest of the hot, humid summer ahead.

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