When’s the last time you’ve cleaned your outdoor air conditioning unit? Chances are, it’s been awhile. When homeowners think about maintenance, they seem to bypass the outdoor unit. Unlike the indoor system, the outside unit has to withstand all weather conditions. In Florida, that includes rain, extreme heat, hurricanes, and spontaneous cold fronts. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can get stuck in and around your system. Sometimes things like branches or small twigs are caught inside the system, causing your fan to become blocked.
Maintaining your air conditioning system regularly is important when it comes to the temperature and air quality in your home. HVAC systems require annual maintenance in order to perform efficiently. While changing your air filters and inspecting air ducts are very important, homeowners tend to forget about the AC condenser unit and the coils attached.
Although the season’s shift from winter to spring isn’t as dramatic as further north, now’s the perfect time for homeowners to have their HVAC system serviced in preparation of the upcoming summer months (which will be here before we know it along the Treasure Coast). By cleaning and servicing your system now, you can correct any small problems that will turn into bigger problems and affect your comfort this summer when the temperatures soar.
Like any responsible homeowner, you are likely diligent in cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap between laundry loads, particularly those with that tend to leave behind more lint, such as towels and the like. But how diligent are you at cleaning the vents between the dryer and outside? It’s vital that this area is cleaned regularly (once to twice a year) to prevent build up of lint over time—which leads to restricted airflow and possibly an accidental fire. In addition, keeping the vent clean has the added benefit of increasing the efficiency of your dryer and keeping your energy bills as low as possible.