Monday, August 22, 2011

BBB Offers Summer Air Conditioning Tips

As temperatures stay hot, keeping your house cool can be a challenge. Your BBB offers the following advice to keep your house cool and your air conditioner running properly.

When dealing with your air conditioner you can either hire someone to come inspect your system or you can do some of the maintenance work on your own.

If hiring someone, get at least three bids from companies. Also check to see if they are licensed with the state of Illinois at or 1-888-520-6680.

Once hired, make sure he or she checks the refrigerant, inspects the oil fans, and makes sure that wiring and switches are operating properly. Also, the outdoor coil in the unit should be chemically cleaned every year to ensure the unit is working efficiently.

If you are doing the maintenance work on your own, check the disposable filters (if you have them) every two months and replace them when necessary. You can also clean permanent filters as directed by the manufacturer and make cleaning duct outlets and registers a part of your regular housecleaning routine. Also make sure to leave the fan on the furnace continuously running. This will help keep air circulating and keep your house at an even temperature. If you live in a two story house and have high and low return air registers, make sure to close the bottom return and open the top return. This will pull the hot air off the ceiling to better cool your house. (Make sure to reverse the registers when you turn on your furnace.) You should also be sure to trim bushes and shrubs back 18” from the outdoor unit.

Having your unit inspected and cleaned every year will help increase your unit’s efficiency and cause fewer breakdowns.

For a list of BBB Accredited Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors in your service area, visit


  1. The fresh air can be taken inside the air-conditioned room at any time merely by opening the door or windows. Fresh can also be taken in by the blower of the air-conditioner.

  2. During the summer, AC’s become a necessity to every household to help residents stay cool and comfortable indoors. During this season, many AC companies offer services to fix, repair, and install the AC. It is a must that the homeowner knows enough about what areas of the house are to be checked by your AC technicians. Make sure that you can describe to them properly what’s happening with your HVAC so that they can properly diagnose and fix the problem.

    Darryl Iorio

  3. It would be best if homeowners knew how to maintain their own AC systems, at least in terms of cleaning and checking for refrigerants. That way, they can clean and replace it themselves and give their HVAC systems a longer lifespan, not to mention having it work 100% of the time, especially this summer.

    Levi @ Capital Plumbing


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