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AC maintenance | Keith Air Conditioning

Know What to Expect from Professional AC Maintenance

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Scheduling professional AC maintenance every year will help keep the system running smoothly for many years. It helps prevent breakdowns and keeps the unit running efficiently. A more efficient system means you keep your energy use and costs to a minimum in your Mobile, Alabama, home.

The Maintenance Check

Your HVAC technician will completely evaluate and clean your system. The following are some of the steps you can expect during a routine AC maintenance call:

  • Thermostat – Your technician will verify that the thermostat is working properly. A malfunctioning thermostat will result in inaccurate temperatures and cause your system to use more energy. If you have an older thermostat, the AC professional may recommend upgrading to a programmable thermostat.
  • Electrical Connections – All electrical connections will be checked and tightened. A faulty electrical connection can be potentially dangerous and put excessive wear on electrical components. Such damage could also increase your energy costs.
  • Moving Parts – A lack of lubrication can cause friction within the system and increase the amount of energy used. It also increases the wear and tear on the equipment.
  • Condensation Drain – If the drain is not working properly, it can back up and cause water damage, as well as increase humidity levels in the house.
  • System Evaluation – The AC technician should run the system through a complete cycle to ensure the system is starting, running, and stopping properly.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils – Dirty coils cause the system to have to work harder to keep your home’s interior temperature comfortable, which again, increases your energy bills and leads to the need for more repairs.
  • Refrigerant Levels – If the refrigerant is not at optimal levels, the system will need to work harder to keep the home cool.
  • Clean and adjust blower components – When the blower is not adjusted properly, it can reduce system efficiency by up to 15 percent. That leads to higher energy use and costs.


Schedule AC Maintenance and Save

Having annual preventative maintenance will increase AC efficiency and allow you to realize more savings on your energy bills. For reliable AC service, contact Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. at 251-476-3610. We are your cooling specialists serving Mobile and surrounding communities.

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How to Save Energy With the Changing Weather

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During the spring, the unpredictable weather makes it difficult to control the temperature in your Mobile, Alabama, home. Luckily, with a little planning, you can save energy while keeping your home comfortable this spring.

Indoor Temperature Challenges

The fluctuating temperatures can make it challenging to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the day. Mornings may feel cool while the rest of the day to late evening can feel hot and miserable. In such conditions, you might find yourself frequently adjusting the settings on your thermostat. Unfortunately, this behavior can cause your utility bills to increase.

Managing Indoor Temperatures

You can reduce the frustration of coping with wide temperature swings with a few simple tasks.

Programmable Thermostats

It is very important that you pay attention to your local weather forecast. With a programmable thermostat, you can program the thermostat to gradually cool your home according to the expected outside temperatures. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat consider upgrading now to improve efficiency.

Tips and Tricks

Save on your utility bills this spring by finding ways to help cool your home without turning down the thermostat.

  • Keep blinds and windows closed or only slightly open to reduce the effect of the sun’s rays on your home.
  • Use fans to help circulate the cooler air.
  • Try to complete chores that generate heat (such as cooking) as early in the morning or late in the day as possible.
  • If nights are milder consider setting the thermostat higher to reduce the number of times the AC cycles on.


Consult Your HVAC Pro

The experts at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. can provide more information about efficiently managing the indoor temperature. Preventive maintenance helps your HVAC system to perform as efficiently as possible. A poorly performing system only increases your utility bills. With preventive maintenance, you can also find any small issues before they turn into big ones. Your HVAC technician will provide timely repairs and make sure your system is in good working condition.

To schedule preventive maintenance or to learn about more ways to effectively cool your home and save energy, call Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. at 251-476-3610 to speak with a qualified professional today.