If you're like most homeowners with an air conditioning system in place, you want to do all you can to maintain that investment and keep it in good shape so you don't end up having to spend a ton of money on repairs. The following tips should help you do just that:
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat in your home is one easy way to make sure that your air conditioner stays in good shape and doesn't prematurely succumb to wear and tear. After being installed, you can program your smart thermostat to switch temperatures throughout the day based on who will be home and when.
If nobody will be home in the middle of the day, you can program the thermostat to keep your air conditioner off until about an hour before someone is scheduled to come home. Your home will get cool and comfortable in time for the arrival of household members without having to keep the air conditioner on all day long even when there is nobody there to enjoy it.
And you can keep tabs on temperatures inside your home from anywhere in the world, which makes it easy to accommodate the comfort of pets that might be home alone. Having so much control over your thermostat will help ensure that your AC system doesn't get used more than necessary. Further, you'll reduce the amount of wear and tear your air conditioner is exposed to as well as minimize the chance of needing to make repairs as time goes on.
Install Some Ceiling Fans
If your home doesn't already feature ceiling fans, it's a good idea to consider installing some, at least in the main rooms of your home. Using ceiling fans at night when you're sleeping will minimize the need for running your air conditioner and therefore reduce the amount of wear and tear that is put on it. Running ceiling fans while your air conditioner is on will help ensure that the system doesn't have to work too hard to keep your home cool throughout the day.
Running ceiling fans instead of your air conditioning system when possible can also help save you some money on energy costs in the coming years. The typical ceiling fans requires only about 60 watts of power an hour while in operation, while the average air conditioning system uses thousands of watts an hour. So turning your air conditioner off and instead using ceiling fans for just an hour or two a day can create significant savings each month on top of reducing your chance of having to make AC repairs at any time in the near future.
It is also important to schedule regular inspections for your air conditioner to make sure that it's running properly and to catch small problems that are developing early so they can be addressed before they become too serious. You may not notice if something is wrong with your air conditioning system as it gets older, and if the problem is left to fester is to could result in the need for making expensive repairs.
Your air conditioning service provider will have an opportunity to catch those "silent" problems during inspections and take care of them while they are still minor. And they can tune your system up during the inspection to ensure that it continues working properly until the next inspection is scheduled.