Air Conditioners Pushed to Keep Up with Florida Temps

When summer temps rise and air conditioners in the South are pushed to their limit, they need regular maintenance. Here are some DIY tips and a list of things you should leave to the pros.

Maintenance for Air Conditioners You Can Easily Do

Change Air Filters in Air Conditioners

The most basic thing we tell customers we serve in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Bay counties is to change your air filter. It’s simple and can greatly improve the performance of air conditioners. It also improves your indoor air quality. How? Let’s review.

Air filters in air conditioners trap airborne particulates, dust and other debris. This prevents pet dander, pollen and other contaminants from continuously moving through your HVAC system. Otherwise, they circulate dirty air from room to room and continue to negatively impact your air quality.

Air filters eventually fill and need to be changed or cleaned. Whether yours is a disposable model or one which can be cleaned and reused depends on the model of your HVAC unit.

We encourage homeowners to check their air filter monthly. Most find the filter needs to be changed every two or three months. We caution homeowners, however, if you smoke or have multiple pets, your filter may be clogged after only one month.

Additionally, if you or a family member live with allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory or immune-related conditions, a monthly change is highly recommended.

Air filters in air conditioners help maintain good airflow. Your AC unit depends on strong airflow to perform well. If airflow is compromised due to a dirty filter or blocked vents, air conditioners work harder. This strains the equipment and can trigger expensive repair needs or over time or even a premature breakdown.   

Clear Clutter from Outdoor Air Conditioners

The external equipment of air conditioners can easily become an afterthought. Don’t let it! When you’re landscaping or performing yard work, keep these tips in mind.

  1. First, when cutting grass, keep clippings away from the AC compressor. If the AC unit is running while you’re cutting grass, the clippings can get sucked in and clog it or get stuck on the blades.
  2. Be sure external air conditioners are placed on a concrete platform or surrounded by grass or gravel. Some homeowners mistakenly make it part of a flower bed or try to camouflage it with leafy plants. First, mulch can find its way into the AC compressor and can cause problems. Sometimes a hard rain causes the mulch to “bounce” into the vents.
  3. Do not plant flowers or shrubs within two to three feet of your external equipment. It’s vital for your AC unit to have good airflow and leafy vegetation can obstruct it. In addition, storm activity can bring leaves, twigs and other yard waste to clutter external air conditioners and cause a clog or malfunction.

Mills Heating & Air Handles Heavy Maintenance for Air Conditioners

For more than 30 years Mills Heating & Air has helped Florida residents and business owners care for air conditioning equipment. We’re prepared to be here for 30 more! Call us if you need assistance with seasonal tune-ups.

They are one of the best steps you can take with air conditioners! Regular service from HVAC professionals like our team at Mills Heating & Air improves the performance and lifespan of air conditioners.

Finally, if you think your AC unit needs an upgrade or replacement, our Comfort Consultants address your needs and provide options. In addition, our Comfort Consultants provide estimates on IAQ equipment needs such as dehumidifiers, air purifiers and more.

Need to replace or upgrade and have concerns about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating & Air offers multiple financing options. Not ready to replace? Mills can repair and service any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioners and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!


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