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Tips For The Switch From A Window A/C To Central Air

by Amelia Martin

Upgrading your air conditioner to central air throughout your home instead of just one or two window air conditioners can be a big step up in comfort for you and your family. But if you've never owned a central air unit before, you might not know where to begin when it comes to AC maintenance. To that end, here are some tips that can help you keep your new air conditioner in great shape for many years to come.

There's Still an Air Filter

First, let's talk about one thing that is not going to change from using a window unit. Your central air conditioner still uses an air filter just like the window unit did. You will still need to switch the filter out for a new one on a regular basis in order to help the air conditioner run more efficiently, thereby reducing wear and tear. If your air conditioner is seeing especially heavy use, you might want to change the filter as often as once a month.

Keep the Unit Clear

The central air unit itself is located outside of your home. This can present new challenges you might not be used to with a window unit. One key thing to keep an eye on is the growth of the grass and any weeds near your outdoor unit. You want your new A/C unit to be kept clear of all debris and obstructions so that it is has room to breathe and suck in the nearby air.

Outdoor Central Air Units Can Get Debris Stuck Inside

But even with your best efforts at keeping the area clear, it's likely that a few blades of grass or other debris is going to make its way inside your central air unit over time. To tackle this problem, you can start by unplugging the unit entirely. Then, open up the outside cage and be surge to clean the unit's fins, the fans, and remove any other loose debris you find. A clean A/C unit will ensure smoother operation across the board.

Moving from a window air conditioning unit to an entire house that is cooled by central air is quite the upgrade. Make sure your new central air system remains in good shape by keeping the outdoor unit clean and clear of debris all year long. For more tips, such as how a programmable thermostat can increase energy efficiency, contact an AC maintenance pro today.