Your air conditioner has a lot of work to do for your Chicago, Illinois, home, but you can help to take off some of the pressure with some simple tasks. Alleviating the strain on your air conditioner saves you money and can help prolong the life of your unit.
Change the Air Filters
If your air filters are dirty or clogged, your air conditioner has to work harder to push the air through all the dirt and grime. Check your filters regularly during the summer, and schedule a preventive maintenance check at least once a year to have your system professionally inspected and cleaned.
Keep All the Registers Open
Your air conditioning system will work more efficiently when all the registers are open. When vents are closed the result can be uneven distribution of air — some rooms will be harder to cool. In addition, pressure can build up within the ductwork and cause cracks or holes in ducts, or separation at seams. Leave all vents open, and make sure no furniture, paintings or other objects are placed over or on top of these areas.
Plant Shade Trees
Your air conditioner has to work harder if the hot sun is beating down on your house. Plant shade trees along the side of your house to help cool your home naturally. Shade trees serve the dual purpose of blocking out the sun and adding privacy to your home. It’s also a good idea to provide shade for your outdoor unit.
Program Your Thermostat
Even though you want to come home to a cool house after a long day, you can achieve this without keeping your home cool all day. Program your thermostat so it’s a few degrees higher during the day when no one is home, and so it gradually lowers to a comfortable temperature by the time everyone returns home. You can also program the thermostat to warm up a little at night when it’s cooler outside.
To schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner, call Hollub Heating, Inc. today at (312) 829-8000. Our expert team is happy to help take care of your air conditioning needs.