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The Importance of Getting Your AC Checked

July 5th, 2017

As the summer months begin to roll around, you’re probably using your air conditioner to keep your home, your family, and your friends cool and safe. But, the air conditioning unit at your Montgomery County home is probably working overtime to manage those sweltering Pennsylvania summers. So, this can make it more prone to breakage or overheating than in other parts of the year. Regular checkups help to ensure that your air conditioning system will not need to be entirely replaced should something go wrong, and helps to save you money in energy costs.

The first thing you should do to help make sure your air conditioning system is running effectively is to check your filters. All the air circulating in your home is filtered (usually about twice an hour). The AC filter is designed to help keep dust, dirt, mold, and other undesirable materials from settling in your home or getting you sick. Unfortunately, many consumers don’t know that they need to regularly check and replace their filters. In fact, neglecting the filter can lead to dirty air and up to 15% more energy usage, as the machine must struggle to blow air through a clogged filter.

Your air conditioner in Philadelphia will also need to have its coils maintained. The air conditioner’s evaporator coil helps the machine cool air by absorbing excess heat produced by the machine. Over time, dirt and other grime can accumulate on the coil, causing insulation that makes it much more difficult to regulate environmental temperatures. This is especially true for outdoor air conditioning units, which can have their coils covered by debris and leaves on a daily basis. Maintaining the cleanliness of the evaporator coil is crucial to making sure that your air conditioner isn’t just blowing warm air around as well as reducing your energy costs.

There are many other bits and pieces of an air conditioning unit that need to regularly be checked during the summer to ensure that your home is being kept cool. A professional can help to show you what you can do on your own, and help you out with more complicated maintenance tasks.

Stay cool this summer!

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