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Three Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Home's Air Conditioner

by Chris Bowman

Having a reliable contractor within your network of contacts is important when your home's air conditioner breaks down. Even then, you might have to endure a stifling temperature inside for a day or two until you can get the unit repaired. Once the unit is back up and running, it's time to introduce some simple measures that will help you have to make another service call in the near future. These three steps can prove effective in your effort to prolong the life of the unit and keep you and your family comfortably cool for years to come.

Boost Your Home's Efficiency

A drafty home can be problematic for the life of your air conditioner. If cool air is allowed to escape and the warm outdoor air is permitted to enter, your air conditioner will have to run more than necessary to maintain your desired indoor temperature. You can check for air leaks throughout your home by carefully holding a lit candle to the areas around your windows and doors. If the flame moves, you're getting a draft in the area. A conventional way to seal drafts around windows and doors is with waterproof caulking and weatherstripping, respectively. Each of these installation jobs is simple, inexpensive and can reduce unnecessary wear on your A/C.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned

Air ducts that are full of dust and other allergens such as pet hair can compromise the air quality inside your home. However, an additional concern is if these ducts are partially blocked with an excessive amount of dust, your home won't be able to cool as quickly as it should. This means that your air conditioner will run long and hard just to keep your home comfortable, which can shorten its life. Call a duct-cleaning service and arrange a visit. You should plan to have this work done about every three to five years.

Use Alternative Cooling Sources

You can greatly prolong the life of your air conditioner simply by shutting it off and seeking other ways of staying cool. No one is suggesting that you take this approach during a heatwave, but when the temperature is more moderate, opening your windows and using fans to draw in the cool air can help you go days without turning on your air conditioning, which will give the unit a deserved rest. There's an added perk to taking this approach, too -- you'll lower your utility bills.

For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at JJ Bafaro Inc.