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How to Care for Your Air Conditioner or Heat Pump

air-conditioner-heat-pump-careWe may still be experiencing mild temperatures for now, but with spring officially here there’s no denying that warmer weather is on its way. And when it comes, you’ll want to be equipped with a fully functional and efficiently working air conditioning system.

That makes now the perfect time to invest in Nichols Hills, OK professional HVAC maintenance for your air conditioning system, or your heat pump. Professional maintenance helps ensure that your system will last as long as it should and work as efficiently as possible in the meantime. There are also smaller maintenance tasks you can do on your own between professional tune-ups, which we’ve shared below.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Keep the Condenser Unit Clear of Debris: Your outdoor condenser unit is vulnerable to a lot more than just inclement weather. Depending on its location, it can be infiltrated by dirt and debris, lawn clippings, mulch, branches and twigs, and even tree roots if you have a tree nearby. It’s a good idea each time you’re outside just to take a quick look and ensure that this outdoor unit is cleared of any debris that may obstruct its usefulness.

Change Your Air Filter: The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to protect the interior components from dirt, dust, and other debris. Should the air filter become too clogged, not only is it endangering the operation of your cooling system, but it can also negatively impact your indoor air quality. This filter should be changed at least every 3 months during heavy periods of use. If you have significant contaminants in your home—such as pet dander or cigarette smoke—then this should be done on a monthly basis.

Keep Vents Unobstructed: We’re not just talking about dirt and debris. If you have floor vents or tall furniture, you’ll want to make sure that no furnishings are blocking the vents from their ability to distribute conditioned air throughout your home.

Invest in Professional Maintenance Annually: Last but certainly not least—invest in annual preventive maintenance for your cooling system. During this service, our professionals will fully inspect and clean your entire system. At this time, we’ll be able to make any adjustments that are necessary, and recommend to you any small repair needs that require immediate attention. Scheduling these repairs now means you are less likely to have a bigger emergency later on. Overall, professional maintenance helps you save time, money, and a peace of mind.

What Makes a Heat Pump Different?

Heat pumps are highly efficient cooling systems. What makes them great—and different—for many homeowners is that in the wintertime, they can automatically reverse the flow of refrigerant to supply warmth to your home.

However, this means that the system is working around the clock, all year long. As such, once a year professional maintenance is not going to be enough. If you utilize a heat pump system to condition your home, then we recommend you schedule professional maintenance twice a year.

To keep your family safe, healthy, and comfortable, trust in the expertise of Comfort Incorporated. Contact us today for service today!

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