Trying to keep your home cool during the summer is hard enough as it is. If you don't regularly maintain your AC system, it is going to become not only harder, but more expensive. The cost of maintaining a healthy AC system can be kept down if you perform some preventative maintenance measures. This article explains a few ways to make sure your AC doesn't run into any serious problems over the years.

Keep the Condenser Covered

Perhaps the most important, yet simplest, preventative AC maintenance is to simply cover the condenser unit when it is not being uses. You don't need to cover the unit on a daily basis. But, you should cover it whenever you aren't going to use it for an extended period of time. For instance, cover it during the entire winter. If you're going out of town for a couple weeks and don't plan and your AC will be turned off, you should cover it. Basically, the more time your unit spends under cover, the longer its lifespan will be. Additionally, it is likely that the condenser will be more energy efficient and productive if it is covered.   

Maintain the Furnace Blower

Another important piece a preventative AC maintenance is to make sure that your furnace blower is working properly. Unfortunately, some homeowners don't even realize that the furnace is a huge part of the AC system. Most importantly, the furnace blower circulates the cold air throughout your house. If the blower is not working, it will reduce the speed at which the air is pumped into the ducts. The blower is powered by a motor, which just like any car engine or motor, needs to be oiled to work to its maximum efficiency. If your furnace oil is low, your entire system is going to be less efficient. All you have to do is open up your furnace cabinet, while l it is turned off, and find the oil reservoir. It should be clearly marked so you can tell if your levels are low.

These two simple AC maintenance jobs won't necessarily solve any problems, but they could end up preventing problems, malfunctioning, or loss of efficiency within your AC system. You have to be vigilant and constantly do your best to maintain your system. If you fail to perform these basic maintenance jobs, you will end up spending more to fix it in the long run. For more information, contact companies like Weather Control Air Conditioning, Inc.