Spring, for some, is a warning. It warns, “summer is coming, check your air-conditioning now.”
Arron Lane, systems technician for Stevens Heating and Cooling has some pointers for those do-it-yourselfers who want to get their air conditioning basics taken care of and save some money when they do have to call the professionals.
Lane said the best thing is to have a representative of a reputable company come out and make an annual check.
“But there are things you can do to save some time, money and extend the life of your air-conditioner,” he said. “As a home owner one of the first and easiest things you can do is install a clean air filter. And if they are accessible, clean off the air conditioner coils.”
He cautioned when cleaning the coils to not use a power washer.
“A garden hose is all you need. Simply wash them off with a garden hose, not a power washer, just use a hose and start from the top and work your way down to the bottom.”
He said the coil cleaning was especially important after the cotton trees bloom. “Those coils act as a filter. They such the flower petals in and don’t get rid of them. They stay stuck right on the outside of the coils.”
For the complete article, see the Home Improvement section in next week’s Fireside Guard.