Tips On The Safe Use Of Ac Systems

For most of us, having an efficient air conditioning system is part and parcel of life. In fact, if you have ever had to live without your air cooling system, perhaps due to needed repair, you know all about the difference it makes on your comfort levels!

As is the case with pretty much anything we use in the home, there are always a few risks attached to the use. How can you ensure that when it comes to your air cooling system, you are doing all you can to make sure it runs safely in your home? We hope the tips we have outlined below will be of help.

Before The Summer Season Hits, Schedule An AC Tune-Up

If your air conditioning system is not used for a period of time, a lot of dust can gather and get trapped in the system. Over time, this can lead to damage to the wires, as well as the circuit. Having issues with these elements can cause a lot of havoc in your air conditioning system. Worse yet, if they go unnoticed or unattended, you can be looking at a real safety risk to your and your family.

Of course, we know that the last thing that you want to do is put yourself or your loved ones at risk. That is why we are sure you will agree with us that taking as little time to schedule an AC tune-up before the summer hits is certainly a wise investment.

Now when we say to schedule an AC tune-up, we certainly do not mean that you should attempt to undertake the task yourself, by no means! Such tune-ups should only be carried out by a qualified HVAC professional. Make sure that you choose a company who can prove its qualifications, as well as it track record before you employ them.

Once you have had your AC tune-up in advance of one summer, you can ask the company, provided you were happy with their service, to put you on their client list for an AC tune-up every year before the summer season. This means you will have one less safety point to remember!

Filters Need To Be Cleaned And Changed On A Regular Basis

What does your AC system actually do? For many of us we take it completely for granted without giving a second’s thought to the tasks it is undertaking each and every second that it is in use. According to, The filter in your AC system is responsible for removing contaminants from the air as the system works. This means that the room is more comfortable and has less pollutants like dust and allergens.

What happens if you do not have a habit of cleaning and replacing your AC filters? Well, you certainly will not have the pleasure of breathing in clean air! In fact, the opposite is the case. A filter which is old and potentially even damaged means the air which it processes also becomes polluted. Do you really want your family breathing in such dirty air every time the AC is in use? We hardly think so! Hence the need to ensure that you clean and change your filters on a regular basis.

Disconnect The Power Before Attempting To Do Anything To Your AC System

Whether you are just planning to have a little check of the filters or do something slightly more drastic, we cannot stress this point enough; you need to make sure you disconnect the power before you touch it! Of course, this is especially the case if you plan to be touching any of the wires or power outlets, however, it is a good rule of thumb to follow regardless of the type of servicing you plan to carry out on your AC system.

Always Check The Manual

We know that most manuals that come with new systems are rather ‘long’ shall we say. Indeed, likely the manual that came with your AC system is no exception to this rule. However, just because it is long does not mean that it should be stuffed in your bottom drawer and never referred to!

We recommend that you get familiar with your AC system manual, even if you are not currently experiencing any issues with the running of your system. However, if you find yourself troubleshooting an issue with your system you most certainly need to refer to the safety procedures outlined in your manual. Granted, it may take you a little time to read over the manual and become familiar with it, but remember, the safety of your and your family are in the picture here; a stitch in time really can save nine!

Get To Know Your AC System

Often, there are little telltale signs that something is going wrong with your AC system. So that a small issue does not result in a large danger in your home, it is good to get as familiar as possible with your system. Listen to the typical sounds it makes when all is running smoothly. This will help you to quickly identify when something is not running correctly or needs the expert eye of a professional.

Indeed, we know that you are devoted to keeping your home as safe as possible. The most precious things in your home are the people that live there. Certainly, an efficient AC system can make life a whole lot more comfortable for everyone, however, as with most household items, it can pose safety risks if it is not cared for and maintained appropriately.

If you are dedicated to creating a happy and safe home we hope that the tips we have outlined above will ensure that your AC system never becomes a potential danger to you and your loved ones. Remember, it’s good to get a tune-up at the start of the summer season, AC filters need cleaned and replaced on a regular basis, and that manual that came with your system isn’t just for the bottom drawer, it’s there for your safety too!