When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Are you a big fan of lower temperatures? Is the annual arrival of autumn something that you celebrate every year? Many people enjoy the cooler months more than the summer ones. The reason for this tends to be the higher temperatures - temperatures which may only be made somewhat bearable with the use of air conditioning. As wonderful as modern air conditioning is, it does still need to be cared for properly in order to ensure that it will continue to function next year when you need it. Some things that you need to do right now include:
Get a tune-up: It's a good idea to get a tune-up once a year for your central air conditioning unit. During a tune-up, the technician will fix minor issues, such as loose wiring, while looking for things that are in need of repair or replacement. Although you could have the tune-up performed at any time during the course of the year, doing it in the autumn will mean that you'll have more time to fix any potential issues that do happen to crop up, compared to having your unit checked out in the spring just before the temperatures start to go up for the year.
Replace filters: If your furnace or other heating system doesn't use the same vents and ducts as your central air conditioning, it's important to change the air filter now. Running an A/C unit with dirty filters, such as might happen next year if you forget to change out the filters now, is bad for the unit in many ways. It can cause the motor to become overworked and to die prematurely. Dust that gets pulled through the filter can start to collect on the air conditioning coils, resulting in further stress and eventual damage to the system. Always use the correct filters for your unit and it's always better to err on the side of replacing them a little too often versus not often enough.
Cover your unit: With a central air conditioning unit that is at or near the ground, it's a good idea to use a fitted cover to protect your unit over the winter. This is especially true if you live in an area where snowfall is likely to completely bury the air conditioner. Although air conditioners are made to withstand the elements, being encased in snow while unprotected could cause damage to the unit. Snow that melts slightly and then refreezes inside of the unit can result in corrosion and in the freezing water pushing different components apart and causing damage that way. A good cover will help to prevent this from happening, so always use the manufacturer-recommended one.
Contact an HVAC service, like A One Heating & Air Conditioning, for more help.