Start your air conditioner’s season right

Around this time every year, some Canadian homes start thinking about their air conditioning units. Alarmingly, though, most people just assume these pieces of equipment will be ready when they’re needed, no questions asked.

It is never safe to assume that your air conditioner will be in good repair; some simple prevention can go miles toward keeping your air conditioner working its best, longer.

  1. Change your air filter – we really can’t say it enough; whether it’s your furnace or your air conditioner, changing your air filter can make all the difference in the world for your HVAC system. Make sure to change your filter regularly to not only maintain your home’s indoor air quality but also help your air conditioner run better. The more an air filter is clogged, the harder it is for your HVAC unit to push air through your home, putting additional strain on the parts. Make sure to start the season with a new filter; set the tone early and help everything work its best!
  2. Make sure your ducts have no leaks – cracks and holes in your duct work can be big money wasters. Make sure to take a look at all the visible duct work in your house and see if there are any abnormalities. You can also turn on the air conditioner fan and feel for air escaping. It can take a bit of time, but finding and covering these cracks can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  3. Get a tune-up before you start using your furnace regularly – According to Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” How right he was! Having a qualified HVAC technician come in to perform some routine maintenance on your air conditioning unit can save you a lot of cash in the future. A qualified, local HVAC technician can top up coolant levels, check for worn parts and tweak your machine so that it runs its absolute best. Tune-ups also help to lengthen the life of your unit, meaning replacements are not needed for much longer.

If you have any HVAC maintenance tips, would like to see a topic covered on our blog or have any questions for us here at Hogg, please feel free to contact us via our website, on Twitter or on our Facebook page.

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