With the hot humid air that is about to be upon us, air conditioning is a must. The majority of home owners know that air conditioning units are an expensive purchase. Many times this purchase is an unexpected cost due to repairs or outright break downs. Here are three proactive practices that West Allis Heating and Air Conditioning recommend to reduce unexpected cost and extend the life of your air conditioner.

Regular Maintenance

The most proactive way to properly maintain your air conditioner, and extend its life, is to get regular tune and cleans. The majority of air conditioning units are located outside of the home and can clog with leaves and other airborne particles. A tune and clean will help remove the buildup your air conditioner has acquired over the years. Not only is physical cleaning included, pressure levels are checked to make sure refrigerant is at manufacturer specifications and there are no leaks within your system. These 15-point service checks can not only increase the lifetime of your unit, but the also the efficiency.

Clean the Area Around Your Air Conditioner

Clearing the area around your air conditioner can also extend the lifetime of the unit. Many of us plant shrubs or bushes around our air conditioning units because we want to enhance the appeal of our homes. However, if shrubs or bushes are too close to the unit, the coils can become blocked. West Allis Heating recommends a minimum of 12 inches of space between the air conditioner and shrubbery. The opening can help reduce the probability of coil blockage.

Smart Thermostat

Another way to prolong the life of your air conditioner is to invest in a smart thermostat. These thermostats can increase or decrease the temperature of your home based on the location of your smart phone. As your phone gets further away from the home, the thermostat will adjust accordingly. These new thermostats extend the life of your air conditioner by letting them rest when home owners are away.

These three tips help extend the life of your air conditioner and keep house hold expenses in line. Do not prolong questions about issues with your air conditioner, it is important to seek maintenance and other upkeep needs from professionals as quickly as possible. West Allis Heating and Air Conditioning can provide these maintenance musts on your air conditioning unit. Give us a call at 414-543-2800 or contact us today if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.