It’s that time of year again -- when you start the day with a coat and end the day in a t-shirt. The transformation to sunny days is upon us, and before you know it, you’ll need to crank up your AC unit again. Now is the time to get it cleaned and checked to avoid expenses and headaches in a couple of months.
Still on the fence about whether or not you really need your AC cleaned and checked? Here are the top 3 reasons to get it done today:
Chances are you haven’t been cleaning your AC unit in the freezing temperatures of winter. Better chances are you haven’t cleaned your AC unit for at least a year. Imagine if you went that long without cleaning your living room. *Gasp!* Worse than it just being dirty, however, is that when your AC unit hasn’t been cleaned, you’re actually losing operational efficiency. The two major reasons this is a problem for you are that your system is unable to cool your house as effectively and you’re losing money because of it.
Yes, it’s true -- your system is unable to cool down the rooms in your house when it’s weighed down under all that dust and dirt. You can reduce the amount of dirt that builds up in the coils by replacing the filters when needed and removing dirt, debris, and foliage from around the unit. However, over time, it will still collect dirt, even for the most diligent owners. When this happens, you can lose around 5% cooling and operational efficiency yearly without a proper cleaning. According to energy.gov, the average household’s energy usage dedicated solely to cooling is 6%. That’s a significant amount of energy dedicated to only one usage.
Even if it doesn’t concern you that it takes longer to cool your house, the best reason to schedule your clean and check right now is to save yourself money. That 6% of your total energy usage may not seem like a huge percentage, but we know that cooling your house is not your only expense. Our goal at Stephen’s Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is to keep your operational costs at an absolute minimum. The more energy it takes to cool your house, the more money it takes as well!
Aside from just daily savings, though, getting your AC unit cleaned and checked annually is the best prevention for costly, larger problems. A small leak can be detected and repaired, potentially avoiding a complete part replacement down the road.
Ready for your AC Clean & Check? Contact us today!