5 Tips to Keep Your AC System Running Right

Staying cool as outside temperatures rise doesn’t have to decrease your bank account! We urge you to consider these tips to increase the efficiency of your AC system. It will lower energy bills and make your system less prone to breaking down when you need it most!

Get the Right Machine

If you are getting a new AC unit, make sure that it is rated for the amount of space you are cooling. If it is not designed to cover the square footage of your home or business, it will have to work out too hard. An overworked system will wear out more quickly trying to meet the demands of the thermostat. On the other hand, if an AC unit is rated for more space than needed, it will constantly turn on and off—another way for it to wear out and become unreliable!

Clean Those Fins and Coils

The AC evaporators in your house and condensers outside require clean fins and coils to release heat. Dust and grime build up over time and cost you money and efficiency. We recommend checking it twice each year—our Planned Maintenance Agreement (PMA) allows you to keep your system running smooth. We will clean filters and burners, check coils, motors, amperage, and all other components of your system. We never charge PMA customers for overtime on emergency work, and they receive priority status and a 10% discount on all repairs!

Your Air Filter is your Friend! Treat your Friend Right!

Do you know what a good friend your air filter is? It removes pollen, dust mites, textile and carpet fibers, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria, and smoke so you don’t have to breathe it into your lungs. You’re welcome! But your BFF does require some attention now and again. Every six months or so, you should replace your filter. You can improve energy use by up to 15 percent by changing it out. This helps out your entire system as well as your wallet!

Turning Down the Thermostat doesn’t Cool You Down Faster

There is a common misunderstanding floating around in the over-air-conditioned air out there! Some folks think that temporarily lowering their thermostat will make the temp drop faster. Wrong! Your AC works just as hard to lower the temperature one degree as it does 20 degrees. It is just running longer than you need it to and eventually gets your rooms to lower temperatures than necessary. If your thermostat is set at the right level, these are whispered words of wisdom: let it be!

Replace your Older System?

Is your current system more than 10 or 12 years old? Has it received regular maintenance? If your AC unit is showing signs of wear, it may be time to consider a replacement. Though it is a significant investment initially, a new unit can save you on monthly bills and possible large repair costs. We can let you know what kind of shape your system is in. You can trust us to give you the straight scoop. You need to know if your “mature” unit is still in good shape or if it might be time to consider upgrading.

We will make sure you stay cool all summer long! As the go-to HVAC experts for upstate South Carolina, we will also keep your furnace running right. In addition, we provide a wide range of other electrical and plumbing and home maintenance and repair services. Call PECO at 864-639-2424 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today!