You need your air conditioner to stay with you on the long haul here in Harahan, Louisiana, especially during the tail end of summer. While your AC takes care of you, you need to take care of it, too. It’s easy to fall into bad air conditioning habits, but make sure you’re not making these four efficiency-related mistakes with your air conditioner.

Never Changing The Filter

Replacement air filters are cheap, and you should change them out regularly. Over time, your air filter will become blocked with particles and debris. Changing the filter improves airflow, keeps the air free of dust and allergens, and ensues your air conditioner is working efficiently.

Never Getting It Serviced

Air conditioners are like cars — a little preventive maintenance goes a long way in avoiding expensive repair bills. Ideally, an air conditioning system should be professionally inspected annually. This keeps it operating within factory specs, increasing its lifespan.

Blocked Equipment

This can happen without thought, so you should check these areas regularly. If you have any blocked or even partially blocked air vents, the air conditioner works harder to circulate air. You need to keep the area clear around outdoor condensers, and check this area after heavy winds. The only time you should use a condenser cover is to protect the condenser during a storm.

Not Using Fans

A common question we get asked is, "Can I use air conditioning together with a fan?" Not only is it completely safe, but we also recommend it. Using a fan in conjunction with your air conditioner allows better circulation of air and aids the cooling effect. Your air conditioner doesn’t need to work so hard to maintain the desired temperature, adding up to savings on your energy bill.

If you’re guilty of any of these bad habits, or you’ve noticed your air conditioner isn’t running as well as it should be, call Bryans United Air Conditioning on 504-208-2071, and one of our technicians will inspect it and give you peace of mind.

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