Welcome Spring with Open Arms by Scheduling Your HVAC Tune-Up!

While the temperature outside might have you believing otherwise, spring isn’t here just yet. That’s right – we’re technically within the realm of winter still. Apart from the several bitter cold days and brief morsels of snow, Oklahoma City experienced a rather mild winter. However, come spring, you’re going to want your air conditioner operating at optimal efficiency! We’ve already had several days where the temperature reached into the upper 70s. As we make our way into the spring season, expect to see more days like this. Since it’s only going to get warmer from here on out, make sure your air conditioner is fully functional and ready to help you beat the heat by scheduling your spring A/C tune-up!

Regular maintenance is extremely critical, not to mention it provides homeowners with undeniable peace of mind. Here are three reasons why you should schedule an air conditioning tune-up now, before the brutal heat hits:

1. Prevent Frequent, Costly Breakdowns

We are all guilty of taking a cool and comfortable house for granted. It’s not until something doesn’t feel quite right that we realize the mess we’re in. A hot, sticky home is probably the last place anyone wants to be, especially when it’s already blistering outside.

By scheduling routine A/C maintenance, a technician can pinpoint any minor or potential problems, before they get serious. It’s far better for your system – and cheaper – to locate and repair problems before they get worse. When you forgo maintenance, it causes problems to build up, which could lead to premature system failure. Don’t risk that! Ensure the integrity of your system with a routine tune-up. Think of it like your car. Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles you change your car’s oil to prevent troubles from occurring. Do the same for your air conditioner!

2. Increase Your System’s Lifespan

When you take care of something, it lasts longer. Simple, right?  It’s easy to adopt the mindset of “out of sight, out of mind” with your HVAC system, since it’s something you use nearly 365 days a year.

Without a regular air conditioning tune-up, you can expect to replace your system much sooner than expected. Coils become clogged and dirty; the air filter packs in dirt, dust and debris, making it difficult to distribute clean and cool air; refrigerant levels run low; and fan blades become damaged. It’s no wonder your system doesn’t run efficiently. After some time, your air conditioner won’t be able to keep up with your demands. A well-maintained central air conditioner should last between 15 and 20 years.

3. Ensure Optimal Efficiency

Has your boss ever required you to come to work when you were sick and overworked? All you want is some rest, relaxation and care, but because your boss is so demanding, it’s not possible. Your HVAC system is similar in this manner. It’s been working over-time for too long, without rest or care.

Think of your technician as a doctor for air conditioning systems. With some good ole’ TLC, he’ll have your system running at maximum efficiency.

An air conditioning tune-up not only ensures efficiency, it makes way for savings. When your system kicks into over-drive, it’s going to cost more to operate. But when things run smoothly, expect to see lower cooling costs!

Tips for Keeping Your System Happy & Healthy

While we recommend enlisting the services of a professional  to complete your HVAC tune-up, there are some thing that you can do to keep your system running smoothly year-round. Follow these simple tips:

  • Change your air filter every 30 to 90 days. Read your manufacturer’s guide on how often you should change out the filter. If you have pets or are prone to allergies, you may want to ere on the side of caution and change it every 30 days.
  • Keep your system clear of debris. When dirt, debris and twigs make their way into your system, it can decrease efficiency. Keep all plants at least two feet away from your air conditioner.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Gone are the days where you need to leave your air conditioner on all day to maintain comfort levels. Simply program your thermostat once, and sit back and relax.

For information or assistance with HVAC efficiency, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 405-794-8900.

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