“The air went out,” is pretty much the last thing you want to hear from a tenant living in your rental unit. Whether the air conditioning unit is brand new, a couple of years old, or approaching replacement, there are a handful of ways you can get the most out of your investment and extend the life of the AC system at your rental property.
Change your air filters. One of the easiest ways to extend the longevity of your AC system is to change your air filters monthly. As time goes by, particles get stuck in the filter which makes it harder for air to pass through. In turn, this buildup makes the system work harder to pump the same amount of air. By regularly changing the filter, the air can easily ventilate which will improve efficiency and help lower the energy costs in your home. Don’t want to rely on your tenant to change them out? Work an agreement into your lease that states filters will be provided monthly and either the tenant or property manager can change them out.
Clear the area around the outside unit. You may be tempted to conceal your outdoor AC unit with plants or other foliage, but this can block crucial vents and therefore reduce the life of your unit. Like filters, the harder they have to work to pump the same amount of air, the quicker they break down. If you do have anything around the unit, make sure to have 12 to 18 inches of clearance on all sides. It’s also a good idea to regularly check for and remove leaves, debris and twigs that could accumulate around the unit.
Invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat provides flexibility. It can suit a busy lifestyle by making it easy for tenants to control the air conditioning system in-house and remotely, to keep the system running efficiently and cost-effectively. Have your tenants program the thermostat to a basic temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit while they are not home and set parameters for the temperature when they return. This will keep your unit from having to work extra hard, therefore extending its life and improving efficiency.
Clean the indoor coil of the AC unit. Another easy way to extend the life of your AC system is to make sure the indoor coils are clean. If dirt builds up on the coil, the air will not cool the way it’s supposed to and the air handler will not be unable work to its full capacity. The experienced Comfort Consultants at Northeast Florida Heating and Air can inspect and clean the coils during regular preventative maintenance visits.
Invest in a maintenance plan. Regular maintenance helps keep your cooling and heating equipment operating at optimal efficiency and will extend the life of your AC system. This ultimately means less in the way of costly AC system repairs for your rental units. When you select a Northeast Florida Heating and Air maintenance plan, you’ll receive a variety of important, money-saving benefits such as semiannual or quarterly tune-ups, 24/7 emergency AC service, better system performance and so much more!
At Northeast Florida Heating and Air, we are your Jacksonville AC maintenance experts and we maintain a large service department staffed with best NATE certified technicians in the industry. If you own a rental property and would like us to evaluate your AC system, or would like to learn more about our AC maintenance plans, please call us today at 904-783-7003 to set up a free consultation.