Let’s briefly examine the whole concept of self-maintenance, focusing on those things you do just because you know it’s right. You cut your grass, for example, because if not you’ll have some very unhappy neighbors while losing a large measure of pride in your own property. You dust your furniture to cut down on all the sneezing and improve your home’s appearance. You visit the dentist periodically to prevent all sorts of dental problems.

And the list goes on.

Then there’s another list. Things you pretty much ignore because somehow or another, you don’t see the need, or no one ever gave you sufficient cause. You know, like doing your part to keep your AC system in top working order.

We’re here to tell you that AC self-maintenance absolutely belongs on your regular to-do list, and here’s just some of what you can do to help ensure summer-long indoor comfort.

  1. Check your thermostat. If it runs on batteries, make sure they still have some juice in them. If your thermostat hasn’t been replaced in years, consider doing so with a programmable model for greater flexibility and energy savings.
  2. Inspect exposed ductwork for signs of cracks, gaps, and other damage that can result in air leaks and exaggerated indoor air pollution.
  3. Keep all air vents open and free of obstructions.


  1. Change your air filter every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. A clean filter will help improve operating efficiency and indoor air quality.
  2. Keep leaves, grass, toys and more away from your outdoor condensing unit so it can properly perform its primary function: transferring indoor heat outdoors.
  3. Keep sun-facing window treatments closed during the day to lighten the load on your AC system.
  4. Have only one thermostat? Have your home converted into two or more zones for less AC wear and tear plus added energy savings.
  5. Put ceiling fans to work for you so ideal temperatures can be reached at higher thermostat settings.

Another great way to prevent repair problems and keep your system in top working order is through annual preventive maintenance. If it’s been a year or longer since your AC system was last cleaned and inspected, contact Air Professionals today. Our service is as thorough and professional as it gets.

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