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Why Ensuring Your Air Conditioner's Coils Are Clean is Important This Summer

Chris Helms - Thursday, April 30, 2015

What does a maintenance agreement have to do with summer?


Maintenance agreements and regular HVAC service aren’t just for fall. In fact, servicing your HVAC is just as important before summer as it is before winter. Do you know what part of your HVAC should get special attention this time of year? The coils. Here’s why:

What Dirty Coils Do to Your HVAC

Dirty coils make your condenser work much harder than it has to work in order to keep your air conditioner running. When the coils are dirty, the compressor has to work harder and longer to maintain the same temperature. Why? Because dirt on the coils tends to insulate them, decreasing the airflow.

What Dirty Coils Do to Your Utility Bills

When your system has to work twice as hard to do the same job, it means your HVAC is also working twice as much, using much more energy. When your condenser coil is dirty it can increase energy use by up to 30%. That’s a lot. And it will show in your utility bills.

What Clean Coils Mean for Your HVAC

Not only will clean coils help your energy consumption go down, but it can help your comfort level go up. As your air conditioner has to work less, you use less energy, and your system is more effective, keeping your indoor temperature more consistent.

In addition to higher efficiency and lower energy use, keeping your air conditioner’s coils clean leads to a longer life for your HVAC system. Even on newer systems, it’s really important to keep your condenser coils free from dust and debris in order to keep your system running smoothly for years. The bonus is that doing this also keeps your house nice and cool.

For more information on how a maintenance plan can keep your air conditioner’s coils clean without you having to raise a finger, contact Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.