I'm going to exaggerate to illustrate the #1 piece of advice we give to homeowners which is based on over four decades of experience in the heating and cooling business. It offers the greatest benefit!
Imagine driving your car or truck until the oil filter plugs up and your engine is 'toast' and you break down along the road, you just call a tow truck and get the engine replaced, no big deal! Now I know that sounds so absurd; no one would do that, right?
From our perspective, that's how it looks to us in the heating and cooling business.
Here's the explanation: 50% of Furnace or Air Conditioner Failures Are Related To DIRT!
Most failures are caused by lack of maintenance, i.e.-- dirty/plugged air filters, dirty/plugged evaporator coils, dirty outdoor condensers, sludge build-up in drain lines and condensate pumps.
Equipment stress on a hot day in conjunction with the dirt will cause higher energy cost and failure of your air conditioner. In fact, I'd say 50% of the calls we get for 'NO COOL'(AC) or 'NO HEAT' are directly related to DIRT!!!
Nine out of 10 systems fail due to dirt build up. (Louisiana Cooperative Ext. Serv.) Build up of dirt on the blower motor blades in your furnace will reduce airflow and cause it to use more electricity. An LSU study of five existing homes conducted before and after system cleaning showed an average savings of $32.76 per month on utility bills.
The most common culprit of dirt build up is your air filter. The system's air filter is such a simple, harmless looking device but brutal on energy consumption. Dirty filters and clogged evaporator coils can also be major obstructions to airflow.
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. Keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
What's the #1 piece of advice? Clean or replace your air filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
Not only does dirt cause premature failure, but it adds to your energy bill. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. A Texas A&M University study concluded: A 23% refrigerant undercharge could result in a 52% efficiency loss.
Most homeowners are not aware of this type of information and as long as we get some heat in winter and cooling in the summer we are oblivious to this stuff until our unit breaks down. Then we find ourselves in the situation of having to decide what to do to replace or repair the unit. The industry stats and higher utility bills shines a much different light on all of these matters and homeowners are looking for the right solutions to all of this.
Regular maintenance is required for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Keep it clean yourself or have us do it for you
The #1 piece of advice to homeowners is to change their filter regularly. The problem is many homeowners just forget to do it. Simply signing up for are "monthly email filter change reminder" will help solve this problem.