The most important thing a homeowner can do to protect an air conditioning and heating system is to remember to change the heating and air conditioning air filter regularly, according to the specifications of your system. Changing furnace and return air filters is crucial to the proper performance of your HVAC system and your home’s air quality.
The condensor coil is the outside unit coil. Don’t trust rain to clean it for you. We recommend you hire a licensed professional to do the job once a year. If you want to do it yourself, shut off the breaker for the outside unit (usually located next to it), stand back about a foot and use a hose with a spray nozzle to remove dirt, grass and leaves. The job will take about 20 minutes. Allow about 10 minutes for the water to drain away before restoring power to the unit.
The best way to make sure your system is operating at peak performance when it’s most needed is to schedule a professional tune-up at least once a year. A heat pump can be tuned up any time. Schedule air-conditioning service before the hottest season kicks in. You can learn more about our tune-ups on our SERVICES page.
Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck debris out of your drain line where the pipe exits the house. Do not put bleach into your drain lines. It can damage your air conditioning system. If you wish to add anything to the drain line to keep it cleaner, use distilled vinegar or Simple Green. If you don’t know where to add the vinegar, talk to your Beach Appliance & Air Conditioning professional.
Thermostat technology is advancing quickly into digital devices and wi-fi and remote controls that let users monitor their system from a phone or other device. These are ideal for part-time residents. Be cautious in replacing old systems with more complex digital thermostats. A trained professional can make sure the wiring and programming are correct and safe. Old mercury-based thermostats must be disposed of as hazardous waste; ask your installation expert or home-improvement store about disposal. Do not dispose of a mercury-based thermostat in household garbage.
Everyone has their own idea of what temperature is comfortable, but if you have savings in mind, Florida Power & Light recommends setting home cooling temperatures at 78 degrees or higher with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save more money, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or higher when you’re away. FPL also suggests heating your home at 68 degrees or lower with the thermostat fan switched to auto. Lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or lower at night or when you’re away from home.