Here in southern Utah, summer temperatures can be intense (and so can spring and fall temperatures!). For any home or business in the St. George area, air conditioning is a must-have in order to stay cool and comfortable in the desert heat. Follow these six quick and easy tips to make sure your air conditioning unit is well-maintained and operating at its most efficient this summer.

1. Clean or Replace the Filters Regularly

An important part of HVAC maintenance is ensuring that your air conditioner’s filters are kept clean and replaced regularly before they become too blocked with dust and debris. A general rule of thumb is that these filters should be replaced every three months, but they may need to be more often if you have pets or allergies.

2. Keep the Area Around Your Outside Unit Clear

Make sure to take a few minutes to head outside and examine the area around your outside A/C unit to make sure it’s clear. If any leaves, dirt, sticks, or other debris have accumulated in its vicinity over the last several days, weeks, or months, make sure to clear it away so the unit has space to take in air and operate effectively.

3. Give Your A/C a Break

Overloading your A/C can decrease the overall life expectancy of your HVAC system and cause costly and inconvenient breakdowns. Try not to leave doors or windows open, and consider turning off your A/C or increasing the temperature when you’re sleeping or not at home.

4. Check Your Unit’s Condenser Coils and Coolant Lines

It’s worth an occasional check on your cooling system’s key components to make sure everything is well-maintained and functioning properly. Make sure that the coolant lines running to your outside unit are still covered in insulating foam, and that the unit’s condenser coils are clean and not blocked by dirt and debris.

5. Seal Any Gaps Around Your Home

Many homes, especially older ones, may have small cracks and gaps that allow air to escape to the outdoors, which requires your air conditioning unit to work harder in order to maintain the same temperatures inside. Go around your home and look for any cracks around doors, windows, pipes, vents, or the foundation, which can be sealed with caulk or another type of sealant.

6. Hire a Professional HVAC Technician for Maintenance

When it comes to air conditioner maintenance, nothing beats having an HVAC professional come to your home for an inspection. Having an annual check-up at least once a year (ideally twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall) will help ensure that your unit is working efficiently. It will also allow you to catch most small problems before they turn into major issues.

Southern Utah HVAC Services

If you want to keep your air conditioning unit operating at peak efficiency even through the hottest summer months, Snow Canyon Heating & Cooling can help. As a locally owned and operated business, Snow Canyon Heating & Cooling has been providing residents and businesses throughout St. George, Utah, and the surrounding communities with high-quality HVAC services for over 20 years. In addition to regular maintenance, our technicians specialize in the installation, replacement, and repairs of heating systems, cooling systems, and fans. We’re committed to providing you with excellent work and unbeatable customer service. Contact us today to learn more.