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How to Reduce Strain On Your Air Conditioning System

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If you talk to your Port Orange, Florida HVAC professional about the useful life of your air conditioning system, he or she will likely tell you that the average air conditioning system will last average of 8 to 12 years.

When you’re living in Central Florida, however, you typically rely more heavily on your air conditioner than other parts of the country. This may mean that you’ll end up having to replace your air conditioner sooner rather than later.

Fortunately, there are several proactive ways that you can care for your air conditioning system to reduce the strain and help maximize its useful life:

1. Schedule proactive maintenance on your air conditioner.
There are a number of benefits to proactively scheduling maintenance on your HVAC system during the fall and spring months. However, perhaps the biggest benefit of having routine maintenance performed on your system by a Port Orange, Florida HVAC professional is that it will help to prolong the longevity of your air conditioner.

2. Clean your air conditioner.
Dirt and dust collects in your air filter, which can cause your air conditioner to have to work harder to keep your home or office cool. Over time, this puts your air conditioner at risk of a breakdown.

Make a point to change your air filter every 30 or 60 days, which can vary depending on pets in the home, allergies, etc.

3. Have your air ducts inspected.
The air ducts are responsible for carrying air throughout your home or office, so if they are damaged or dirty, your air conditioner will not be able to properly circulate this cool air. Damaged or dirty air ducts also will cause your air conditioner to work harder and longer to reach a desired temperature, costing you more money on your utility bill and shortening the lifespan of your air conditioner.

4. Eliminate heat sources.
To make it easier for your air conditioner to cool your home or office, find ways to eliminate heat sources. Here are a few ways that you can do this:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs
  • Take advantage of window shades in sunny rooms
  • Turn off appliances like a TV or computer when you’re not using them
  • Use your grill or microwave to cook on very hot days instead of your oven or stove

Do you need help addressing the poor performance of your air conditioning system in Port Orange, Florida? Or, are you simply looking for ways to prolong the useful life of your system? If so, please contact us at East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning. You can also follow our blog for additional tips for getting the most from your HVAC system.

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