Kansas City summer brings days at the beach, cookouts, and ac care
and improvements. (Although we should be fair, we usually don’t think about our air conditioner until it stops working or until the first electric bill arrives.) Much like car or lawn care, your air conditioner, from basic window units to elaborate central air systems, has to be maintained. You may be questioning, “why do I need to maintain my ac unit if it blows cold when I turn it on?” Air conditioning accounts for about half of warm weather energy costs and doing regular maintenance not only helps with the larger summer energy bills, but it will help you save money by adverting pricey repairs. Maintenance may also help your cooling system last up to 2 times longer and help with indoor air quality.
There are many ways to keep your ac system operating through the summer months, one of the uncomplicated ways is to make sure there is no debris within 2 feet of the outdoor unit. This will keep leaves, dirt, and other undesirable things from getting stuck in the condenser and causing damage. Vacuuming the fins of the condenser helps keep external items out of your ac system as well.
Want to stop your ac from running when you aren’t home? A programable thermostat does that! Programable thermostats prevent your ac system from wearing out costly parts and helps regulate the summer cooling bills by letting you determine when the system should be running. By far, the most effortless things you can do are; keep doors and vents open, leave air return vents free from clutter, and check that windows and doors are airtight, (especially with window ac units.) These things will help keep your house cool and avoid unnecessary damage.
Warm weather in Kansas City also means more time in your backyard and more time looking at your ac system, which, is most likely not the most attractive feature of your outdoor oasis. There are various ways to make your air conditioning unit flow with your backyard aesthetic, like upcycling your old fencing into a trendy and green ac cover. Maybe you want additional coverage without suffocating your air conditioner, an ac house may be more your style. Not a wood enthusiast? You can create a stone ac blind with pavers and cement for a rustic look. If you like to have easy access to your outdoor ac unit, an ac cover with a hinged lid may work better. The DIY possibilities are endless!
We encourage our customers to use good maintenance habits to keep their ac running well all summer long. If you get stuck, have a question, or just need help choosing the right tools and supplies for your Kansas City ac repair plans, reach out to us at 816-216-7197 or stop in today!