Yup, summer’s gone. You can feel that cooler nip in the air. The nights are getting shorter. Winter’s almost back, and it’s farewell to the air conditioning for a few months.

Not so fast, though. While your air conditioning isn’t being used, there’s a lot that can happen to it. And if you’re not watching out for it, you’ll find yourself returning to a less efficient machine in the summer. That’ll mean higher energy bills, a less comfortable home and a much shorter lifespan.

Here are some ways to keep your air conditioning at its best this winter so you can keep chilling with it for many years to come.

1) Clean/replace the filters regularly

As your first point of contact for your air conditioning’s air, the filter’s job is to weed out dust and other undesirable elements. As such, it’s bound to get clogged up easily. With the filter blocked, these elements will find different routes into the unit, reducing the airflow significantly.

But aside from the lack of efficiency, an unclean filter can also pose a health risk. The mould buildup can often cause infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma.

In general, we would recommend cleaning/changing your filters every two months.

2) Keep your outside unit clean of debris

The outside unit is what gets rid of the heat from inside your home.

There’s a lot that can pile up around the it especially during the Autumn. Twigs, leaves, conkers, bits of plant, general dirt. And if any of it gets into your air conditioning unit, it’ll struggle to disperse the heat effectively.

Sweeping the area around the unit will keep the machine running more smoothly when the summer arrives again.

3) Clean the condenser coil annually

This is a vital part of the unit. It converts any refrigerant (the chemical created to cool your home) that is in gas form back into a liquid and sends it back outside. Any dust and mould that ends up there will block the refridgerants, effectively keeping the heat in.

We recommend having this done at least once a year by a professional.

Of course, we’re here to help out with any of your air conditioning needs. Reach out to us today to schedule a maintenance check.

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