Sprucing up your Air Conditioning Unit Although we are only just at the end of February, if the last couple of years are anything to go by the warmer weather is very nearly here! This means it is time to start that vital preparation work on your air conditioning systems. Franks Landwehr is the vice president at Emerson Climate Technologies and he has said “Learning what maintenance steps you can take on your own and what questions to ask your air conditioning contractor can save you time, money and keep you comfortable this season.” Emerson Climate Technologies are a huge provider of HVAC and Refrigeration systems. Of course there are some things that need to be outsourced and dealt with by a professional but there are some things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioning systems. Changing air filters is essential and it is recommended that the indoor ductwork filters are changed every three months. If you are doing this yourself make sure you have the correct fitting filters so they fit properly. Make sure there is a reliable air flow so the amount of moisture is reduced which could potentially lead to mould. The duct grills need to be cleaned once a year to clear and debris or dust. You don’t want this circulating as well as cool air! It is inevitable that at some point you will need to replace your system with a new one, how soon after purchase depends on how well it is looked after. Landwehr suggested a few tips when it comes to buying a new system. One of these was to make sure you know what you are talking about when buying a new air conditioning unit. This will mean you will have a better idea of what you are being sold and it could end up saving you money.