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Caring for Your Heat and Air

Air Conditioning and Heating

Have you ever suffered through a hot summer day without air conditioning? Most people would agree that the heating and air conditioning system inside your house is an integral part of your quality of life. Without it, your family would be sleeping in front of the fireplace every night during the winter and sweating through the hot Dallas summer months.

Regular air conditioner tune-ups and furnace maintenance along with prudent owner care is something you can do to help keep your HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioners) system working properly.

Change The Filters In Your Air Conditioner

It’s good to keep in mind that if your HVAC system’s return air filter is dirty, so is everything else. Remembering to change the heating and air conditioning filter in your home is critical. A dirty air filter is a problem for several reasons including:

  • Reduction of the airflow into your home’s ventilation system
  • Forcing your air conditioning system to work harder, straining the parts and the system
  • Increase in your energy bill because your air conditioner is being forced to work harder due to restricted airflow
  • Decrease in indoor air quality due to high levels of pollen
  • Accumulation of pet dander in your home’s ventilation system being circulated throughout your home contributing to allergic reactions

If you or a family member is severely allergic to pets or pollen, think about using a HEPA air filter designed to capture smaller particles than a normal filter. By simply making sure your filter is clean and in working order, you can increase the air quality in your home and ease the workload on your heating and air conditioning system.

Landscaping Around Your Air Conditioner

Another way to help limit the need for air conditioning repair is by properly landscaping your A/C unit outside. Your air conditioner needs air to breathe and to move into your home. Although you may want to hide it for aesthetic reasons with fencing or shrubbery, you don’t want to crowd the unit. Be sure that anything you plant or build to hide your unit still gives it enough space and air to keep cool and perform properly.

As the seasons change, you’ll want to also make sure your outside condenser unit is free of any foliage. In the fall, dead leaves can get caught on the outside blocking airflow into the unit. In the springtime, especially after mowing your yard, be sure to check for grass, which has blown up into the sides of the unit. A gentle stream of water from your garden hose can be used to clean out not only vegetation but also dirt from the “fins”, which can clog condenser coils.

Lex Air Can Help With HVAC Repair

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In regard to your home air conditioning and heat, changing your return air filter inside your home and keeping your outside condenser clean can help the performance and lifespan of your HVAC unit. If you do need air conditioning or heater repair in Carrollton or the surrounding areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, you can call us 24 hours a day for quick responses to any emergencies you may have.

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