Written on: May 13, 2024

Extending the Lifespan of Your Central Air Conditioning

Four simple ways to keep your A/C running efficiently for many years.

central air For Long Island residents, an efficient central air conditioning system is more than just a luxury; it’s an absolute necessity during the sweltering summer months.

However, to keep your A/C system running efficiently for as long as possible, you’ll need to stay on top of your equipment’s health. In this post, we’ll walk you through four essential practices to extend the life of your home’s central A/C system.

1. Regularly Check Your Air Filters.

It’s amazing how something as small and inexpensive as an air filter can have an outsized impact on your home comfort. Air filters play a crucial role in protecting your equipment and your indoor air from dust, pollen, and other contaminants. These pollutants can clog up the system’s interior. Plus, A dirty filter causes your A/C to work harder and reduces its overall efficiency, leading to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your equipment.

We suggest you check your air filters once a month during peak cooling months. If a filter is dirty, either clean it (if it’s reusable) or replace it (if it’s disposable). A new filter is a small expense, and your A/C system will thank you!

2. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat.

Your thermostat settings dictate how hard your central A/C needs to work. A modern, programmable thermostat can enhance your system’s efficiency and longevity by ensuring your equipment isn’t cycling while you’re asleep or out of the house. You can also invest in a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. With these devices, you can control your home temperatures remotely. They even make their own cost-saving adjustments for you!

A programmable or smart thermostat can pay for itself pretty rapidly, too. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that a household can save up to 10% on heating and cooling by turning their thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

3. Keep Your Outdoor A/C Unit Clear of Blockages.

Your central A/C unit’s outdoor component requires sufficient airflow to release the heat absorbed from inside your home. Blockages can cause the unit to overheat and potentially result in a breakdown.

To ensure the best operation of your outdoor A/C equipment, follow these basic care procedures:

4. Arrange Annual Central A/C Maintenance with Swezey Fuel.

Just as you’d schedule regular check-ups with the doctor, your A/C system requires annual maintenance to ensure it’s in peak condition. This will keep your equipment running efficiently, prevent breakdowns and provide the longest A/C lifespan possible.

Homeowners in Suffolk County know they can count on the Swezey Fuel team for expert HVAC maintenance. Our 15-point annual tune-up is a comprehensive inspection, calibration, cleaning and assessment of your system’s health. If you enroll in a Swezey Air Conditioning Service Plan, you will receive this tune-up and inspection for FREE, plus you will get discounts on needed repairs.

Connect with Swezey Fuel today to arrange your annual A/C maintenance before summer arrives.