Summer Is Coming: How to Best Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner Home Improvement by Lizzie Weakley - April 17, 2015November 18, 2015 Summer heat is just around the corner, and the hottest day of summer is not the day you want to find out that your air conditioning unit has quit working. There are a couple different ways that you can help extend the life of your air conditioner ensuring that you will have cool air throughout the summer, even the hottest of days. Use Fans on Cooler Days Some days it is not necessary to have your air conditioning unit turned on full blast. On cooler summer days, use fans throughout your house instead of your air conditioning unit. Every day that you are able to give your AC unit a break is another day saved for its lifespan. Image Courtesy – flickr.com Use your Clothes Dryer just at Night When you use your clothes dryer it works in a way of sending air out of your house and this air has to be drawn back in. When you use your clothes dryer only at night, you bring cooler air back into the home than the heat of the day. This allows your unit to cool your home during the day without fighting against an excess of warm air entering the home. Maintain and Repair your Unit as Needed Routine maintenance should be performed on your air conditioning unit. When performing air conditioning repair, you will check and change the filter of the unit, and clean the outside portion of the unit. During maintenance, you should repair any issues that may have arisen since the last time maintenance was performed. Routine maintenance helps you ensure that you catch and repair issues with your unit before they become too big allowing you to preserve the lifespan of the unit. Use Drapes When Possible The summer sun can add a great amount of heat to your home. When it is possible, pull the drapes over your windows during the day to help shield the sun from the home. If it is not feasible to pull drapes all the way closed, use blinds that can be closed. Blinds allow some light in, but still help shield the home from unnecessary extra heat. The less heat your air conditioning unit has to deal with, the easier it will be for the unit to cool the home. Keep Cooling Vents Clear of Obstructions Cooling vents throughout the home can often become covered. When cooling vents are covered, the pathway for cool air has been obstructed. To help preserve the life of your air conditioning unit, make sure that all cooling vents are clear for air to go through. A clear pathway for air allows your unit to effortlessly circulate the cool air around the home and helps preserve the lifespan of the unit. These are just a couple tips of many to help you preserve the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. The average lifespan of a unit is approximately 12-15 years old, but when properly taken care of, a unit can last longer.