3 Things You Can Do To Keep Your AC Unit Working Effectively

The air conditioner plays a vital role in your home. Even though you may have an air conditioner installed, it doesn't mean that it is working at optimal level. Many times, people fail to care for their air conditioning unit properly. Because of that, they overpay on their utilities since the unit uses too much energy to work, and it isn't working effectively at cooling the home. Here are a couple things you should do to keep your AC unit working properly.

1. Clean The Outdoor Unit

Many people forget that the outdoor unit needs maintenance just like the indoor unit. In some cases, the outdoor unit can become obstructed by the elements and by debris. You shouldn't plant any trees around your unit. The leaves of the tree could fall into the unit and obstruct air flow. This happens especially in the fall when the leaves begin to fall from the tree; they will fall right into the unit.

In addition, dust, dirt and rain can all compromise the unit. You should be checking it regularly to make sure that it is clean and that the vents are clear, otherwise it will cause the indoor unit to not work as well.

2. Replace The Indoor AC Filters

The filters are so important to the effectiveness of your unit. Many people forget that they should be replacing the filters often. In fact, it is recommended that you check your air filter once a month. This doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to change it that often, but you should at least be checking it that often. Look for dirt, dust and debris on the filter. If you can't see the white filter, then it is time to change it.

A dirty filter will not only cause the AC unit to have to work harder to get air through it, but it will also make the air that it does circulate through the house dirty. Changing the air filter will improve the air quality of your home, as well as the effectiveness of the AC unit.

3. Check For Proper Amount Of Coolant

It is also a good idea to have a service person come and check to make sure that you have the proper amount of coolant in your unit. Over time, your unit will need servicing and will need more coolant. Not enough coolant will make it harder to cool the house.

By doing these three things you can ensure that your AC unit is working properly.