Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection
No one wants to have to install a new air conditioner in the summer months, but there may be good reasons to do so. If your system quits working and a replacement is your best option, you might not have many other options. However, you should not rush into the replacement process, even when it is sweltering. Here are some things to think about if you are considering an air conditioner replacement in the warm summer months:
As people look to save money on utilities, evaporative cooling, also called evaporation and swamp cooling, has gained attention. This is a system in which cold water evaporates, and the cool vapor is blown out of the unit. Because evaporation uses less power than refrigeration, which is the traditional air conditioning as you know it, people think that using evaporation will save them money. This is not always the case. In fact, refrigeration may be more cost-efficient for you.
As winter is arriving, you will start using your heating system. Before that happens, you'll need to perform general maintenance to avoid problems. Plus, you will need to continue with the maintenance throughout the winter months. If you use propane, then you'll need to get the tanks serviced and filled before cold weather. The following heating maintenance guide will help ensure your heating system is working efficiently throughout winter with no problems:
Today's homeowners pay a collective $29 billion per year on air conditioning. AC units use a lot of energy and keep you comfortable when the heat outside is hard to deal with. There's a process you'll need to follow when you are hoping to get the best out of your air conditioning so that it isn't wasteful and your home stays cool. Utilize the points in this article so that you get the best from your air conditioning.
Home maintenance can become quite a chore. By the time you get done cleaning and making your exterior look appealing, a lot of the home maintenance chores go to the wayside, but they shouldn't. Skipping out on home maintenance can cost you quite a bit in the end in repair or replacement costs. One particular maintenance chore you should be paying closer attention to is maintaining your air conditioner. If your air conditioner isn't being maintained it can cause breakdowns and leave you hot under the collar.
I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once?
Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.
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