How to Keep your AC running all summer long in Forest Park

With summer in Forest Park comes days at the beach, cookouts, and ac care and improvements. (Although to be honest, we usually don’t think about our air conditioner until it breaks or until the first bill comes in.) Just like car or lawn maintenance, your air conditioner, from basic window units to complex central air systems, needs to be maintained. You may be asking yourself, “why do I need to work on my ac unit if it works when it’s turned on?” Air conditioning accounts for about half of warm weather energy costs and doing seasonal maintenance not only helps with the bigger summer energy bills, but it will help you save money by avoiding pricey repairs. Maintenance can also help your cooling system last up to twice as long as well as helping with indoor air quality.

There are a lot ways to keep your ac system performing well through the hot weather, one of the most straightforward is to make sure there are no items within 2 feet of the external unit. This will prevent leaves, dirt, and other undesirable gunk from getting lodged in the condenser and causing damage. Vacuuming the fins of the condenser also helps keep unwanted items out of your ac system as well.

Want to prevent your ac from running all day? A programable thermostat does just that! Programable thermostats prevent your ac system from wearing down costly parts and helps control the summer cooling bills by letting you decide when the system should be running. By far, the most effortless things you can do are; keep rooms and vents open, keeping clutter away from air return vents, and check that windows and doors are airtight, (especially with window ac units.) Doing this will help keep your house cool and avoid avoidable wear and tear.


Warm weather in Forest Park also means more time outside and more time looking at your ac system, which, is most likely not the most attractive feature of your outdoor oasis. There are many ways to make your ac unit complement your backyard aesthetic, like upcycling your weathered fencing into a stylish and green ac cover. Or maybe you want additional camouflage without stifling your air conditioner, an ac house may be more your style. Not a wood enthusiast? You can create a stone ac screen with pavers and cement for a rustic effect. If you like to have straightforward access to your outdoor ac unit, an ac cover with a hinged lid may work better. The DIY possibilities are endless!


We encourage our customers to use good maintenance habits to keep their ac working well all summer long. If you get stuck, have a question, or just need help choosing the right tools and supplies for your Forest Park ac repair plans, reach out to us at 708-366-1100 or stop in today!

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