Anyone who has lived in the College Station community knows how humid we get in the summer. July and August are peak times for air conditioner usage. If you recently replaced your old AC unit with a more energy-efficient model, good for you! You may even be eligible for some money back via the Energy Back II Rebate Program. Here are some College Station AC care tips to help beat the heat and extend the life of your unit.
College Station AC Care Tips
- Air Filters - Replace regularly. Dust accumulates quickly. This can inhibit the functionality of your AC. It is highly recommended that you change your filters every one to two months to keep your AC unit running efficiently and effectively.
- Keep it Clear - Outdoor units are exposed to the elements. You don't want grass, mud or other debris building up around it. Make sure it is clear of any debris at all times.
- Shading is Good - Just like people, AC units have to work harder to cool off in direct sunlight. You can help your AC unit out by planting some hearty shrubbery or trees nearby. Just make sure they are kept at enough of a distance so as not to clog up the unit with leaves.
- Use Your Thermostat - Set it higher when everyone is gone (during work or school hours). Lower it when you are home. Set it higher again later at night, when the outside temperature is cooler. Consider installing a programmable thermostat. You can set it so that your home starts to cool down around the time you and your family get back home for the day.
- Maintenance is Key - One of the biggest College Station AC care tips I can give you is to have your AC unit regularly serviced. The cost to have a professional come out once a year for a tune-up is much less than replacing the entire unit before its time. Regular maintenance can also extend the life of your AC unit.
Don't take your air conditioning for granted. Use these College Station AC tips to beat the Texas heat this summer. Remember, if you replace your old unit with a newer model, you could be eligible for a nice rebate, too.
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Originally posted on our Bryan-College Station real estate blog here: http://stephanie.cortiersrealestate.com/blog/college-station-ac-care-tips-to-help-beat-the-heat.html.