You probably already have a plan in place to keep your air conditioner running at its peak performance. That probably includes having regular maintenance performed each year. If that is the case, you already know how important it is to make sure that the coolant which is responsible for removing heat from your home and turning it into a much more pleasant place.
During regular maintenance, whether you have a service agreement with your air conditioner contractor, or you schedule it when it is convenient for you to do so, your service technician will check the coolant. If they find that it is low, they will recommend that you have more added. However, that is not always as simple as just plugging in a line from a can of Freon to your unit. There are some regulations in place that govern how this important maintenance issue is performed.
The Freon that is added to air conditioner units is a chlorofluorocarbon or CFC which can damage the protective ozone layer of the earth if it is allowed to be released into the atmosphere. The use of CFCs comes under laws that state it cannot be added to a leaking air conditioner system. As a matter of fact, it is no longer legal to use this type of coolant, and therefore is no longer available.
Once the regular, yearly maintenance has been accomplished, there are some steps that home owners can take to ensure that their homes produce the highest level of comfort with a properly operating system. The first and most important of these is to buy quality air filters and change them regularly. Most filters should be cleaned or changed a minimum of once each month.
Maintain the area around the air conditioner free from debris. That includes bushes and other plants that may be growing around the unit. It is okay to have some shade from the summer sun, but nothing should block the flow of air around the outdoor unit. Avoid the temptation to close the supply outlets to unused rooms because it can be harmful to the overall operation of your system.
Every piece of equipment that you are familiar with will benefit from routine maintenance. Just like your car, your air conditioner must receive regular tune-ups if it is going to run in its most energy efficient state. The same way you would change the oil, rotate the tires, and change the brake pads on your car, you should be scheduling regular maintenance on your air conditioner.
With the simple addition of a maintenance schedule for your air conditioner, you can realize amazing savings on your energy bills. Never put this off because it could cost a lot more to have a broken air conditioner fixed than it does to have a tune-up done on time.
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