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Stay Cool: 3 Tips That Will Keep Your AC Running Smoothly

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Now that you've spent the money to get your air conditioner repaired, you want to make sure it keeps running properly. You know that you need to have it serviced once a year, but you might not know that there are some other things you can do that will prevent problems. Take a look at these simple things you can do to help your air conditioner last longer and use less energy to cool you down.

Replace the Filters

You've probably heard that you need to change your filters once every three months, but you might not know why. Part of the reason is to keep dirt and allergens out of the air. The other reason is because a dirty filter makes it difficult for your air conditioner to breathe.

Think of it like this: A dirty filter is like placing your hand over your mouth and then trying to breathe normally. You might get some air into your lungs, but you're going to work a lot harder to do it. Keeping the filter clean lets your air conditioner circulate air through your house without overworking.

Surround Your Air Conditioning Unit

Take a look at your air conditioning unit. Is it sitting out in the blazing sun during the hottest part of the day? If it is, it's working much harder to cool down your house. When your air conditioner has to work too hard, the motor can overheat, which means it will wear out quicker. Plant trees or bushes near your air conditioner. The shade provided by the foliage will cool down the air conditioner and the air that the unit is using to cool down your home. Make sure the plants aren't too close to the unit though. That could prevent sufficient air from reaching the air conditioner.

Protect the Thermostat

If your thermostat is installed near windows where it receives direct sunlight, it could be getting a false indication about the heat in your home. When your thermostat senses elevated temperatures, it will make the air conditioner run longer than it needs to. As a result, your air conditioner may overheat. Be sure your thermostat is installed away from direct sunlight.

With proper care, your air conditioner will last you for many years. In addition to the routine maintenance it needs once a year, the tips provided above will help you keep your air conditioner operating properly.