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How to Prolong the Life of Your AC Unit

Whether you’re purchasing a standalone AC unit or a central AC unit, air conditioners are a significant investment – but a worthwhile one! Since AC units can be costly, it’s important to try to extend their life as long as possible. What’s the best way to do that? Simply put, take care of it. Like other types of equipment, air conditioners need care and maintenance. With care, you can expect your unit to last an average of 10-15 years, although some models have been known to make to about 20 with routine maintenance. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your unit.

Outdoor AC Units

If you have an outdoor AC unit, you should make sure to place it in a cool, shady spot. Being in a cool location (for example, on the shady side of your home) will help the unit work less, which will prolong its lifespan. However, be sure that there isn’t too much grass or debris surrounding it. AC units need ventilation to work properly and keep the air following smoothly. Yard debris can block the vents and make the unit work twice as hard.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your AC Unit

If your unit is in a clear spot, you should check the area around it periodically. While it may have been clear when it was first installed, storms, windy days, or seasonal changes can cause debris to collect. If there are any blockages around the vents, turn the power off and clear them away. It’s also an excellent idea to schedule a regular cleaning and maintenance appointment once or twice a year.

Central AC Units

One of the most important things you can do for your central AC unit is to replace the air filters regularly.   A dirty air filter will make your AC work harder than it needs to – which leads to higher electricity bills, premature repairs, and a shorter lifespan. Air filters should be checked monthly and replaced every 30 – 60 days.

The ducts for your central HVAC system push the conditioned air from the heating and cooling units in your home. Dirty air ducts can lessen the efficiency of your unit. Likewise, leaks, gaps, loose seams, or obstructions in the ducts can allow cool air to escape before it reaches the rooms of your home, which can make the unit work harder to cool your home. Ducts should be inspected regularly and should have adequate insulation.The bottom line is, treat your AC unit well and it will provide many years of cool, comfortable air for you. If it’s been a while since your AC unit has had maintenance, schedule a service call with our expert technicians. We can check the health of your unit, replace filters, clean ducts, and more. We also offer a planned maintenance agreement, the easiest way to keep up with your AC maintenance. We’ll come out twice a year and perform a wide range of maintenance and inspections on your system. You’ll also receive a 10% discount on all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service! Schedule your appointment today by calling 864-639-2424.

Feeling sick and can’t quite figure out why? It may be your AC!

Heating has been around far longer than air conditioning. In the 1960s, only 12% of people had AC in their homes. While heat has been a necessity for those living in cold climates, air conditioner has been more of a luxury turning into something we depend on. However, routine maintenance is crucial for both your health and the life of your AC. If your AC system is badly maintained, old, or poorly designed, it can easily become contaminated and harmful. Essentially, the air you breathe will start to hurt you. Those with asthma and allergies have it worse than others, but they’d be the first to notice the harm of a contaminated AC system. AC System

Have you ever heard of sick-building syndrome? Maybe heard someone say, “being here is making me feel sick, I’ve got to go”. The most likely cause for this is that there are some microorganisms growing in the air conditioning system. Unlike heating systems surrounding you, the air conditioning process creates added moisture and condensation, which must be channeled away. By not partaking in regular scheduled maintenance on your unit, you risk bacteria and fungi growing and causing harm to you and those around you. It can get as scary as risk of pre-mature death to increased hospital admissions due to cardiovascular issues. AC does have its benefits too aside from the comfort of cool air. The AC filters out particles in outdoor pollutants. During intense heat waves, air conditioning systems save lives. You can even use yours to contribute to bettering the environment. Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter benefits the environment and will not affect anyone’s health. It’ll also save you a few bucks on your utility bill. Who doesn’t love to save money?

PECO Heating & Cooling specializes in repair, replacement, and maintenance of residential and commercial AC systems. We offer same day or next day service calls for repairs, and have 24 hours a day answering service and online chat. Our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.