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$207 million – that’s the amount of damage air conditioners caused in 2010.

Residents of Southern California already have enough to worry about with widespread forest fires plaguing the area. Don’t let your air conditioner make you a victim as well.

Thankfully, it’s 2017 and you can find solutions to almost any problem at the click of a button.

Take a second to check out these tips on furnace air filters and make sure you’re following the best safety procedures.

 

1. How Can You Prevent A Fire?

Investing in a maintenance plan is an excellent step to ensuring the safety of your air conditioning system.

These plans involve AC professionals checking your compressors, coils, fan performance, drain lines, fuses, connections, capacitors, air flows, and more.

It’s definitely not a project for a novice.

Such an elaborate procedure may sound like an expensive endeavor, but you can find plans that start at just $8.25 a month. It’s certainly much cheaper than ignoring an issue until it’s too late and having to replace your entire system.

 

2. What About Carbon Monoxide?

You wouldn’t know if this colorless, odorless, tasteless gas was leaking unless you have regular inspections. If you’re experiencing recurrent headaches, nausea, and fatigue, you may be subject to this harmful substance.

Because of its elusive properties, carbon monoxide can be extremely difficult to detect. To protect everyone’s safety, it’s important for you to have AC professionals regularly conducting carbon monoxide tests.

While other AC issues may end up costing you money, a carbon monoxide leak may cost lives. There’s no amount of money that can fix that.

 

3. A Smart Thermostat, A Smart Choice

Most people take their state-of-the-art machines for granted, but part of breakdown prevention involves not overworking your AC system.

Smart thermostats will do the work for you — identifying the parts of your home that need more or less cooling or heating. These lovely pieces of technology are especially useful for those business savvy real estate people with vacation homes or homes they rent out-of-town.

You can control how hard your system works remotely, even from your cell phone.

A smart thermostat is a smart investment for homeowners concerned about the longevity of their air conditioning, saving them money long term.

 

4. What’s That Smell?

Carbon monoxide may be odorless, but not all fumes potentially leaking from your system are.

One of the biggest enemies of the air conditioner is mold.

Although some people experience little or no sensitivity to mold, many people develop allergic reactions. Some types of mold can even cause pneumonia or bleeding in the lungs.

It’s no situation to scoff at.

While keeping your AC ducts clean and free of debris can help prevent the growth of mold, sometimes it’s not enough. If you begin to smell a musty odor, or start to see mold in other areas of your home, you will need to call an AC professional to handle it.

This is not the time to get DIY.

AC professionals have the proper equipment to eliminate this unhealthy organism. Air whips and skippers can reach parts of your air ducts that you may overlook.

Mold is persistent and stubborn, and if you’re not thorough enough, you won’t be able to get rid of it.

Leave that to the experts.

 

5. What’s That Sound?

Although most people are accustomed to hearing AC units that sound like airplanes preparing for take-off, the fact is that these sounds are not normal.

Are you aware of the noises your AC makes and the red flags they raise?

Hissing often means a gas leak that could prove harmful, while buzzing sounds may indicate an electrical issue that can lead to a potentially dangerous system breakdown.

Your AC is a rather complicated appliance with many moving parts that may fail at any time. If you familiarize yourself with some basic AC warning sounds, you can mitigate the damage from malfunctions.

 

6. Changing Furnace Air Filters

It’s not something you do as regularly as the dishes or your laundry, so it’s a routine that’s easy to forget.

The experts at Kaiser AC note the wide range of when furnace air filters need to be changed. The quality of your air filter will determine how often you need to do this annoying task.

Investing in a high-quality air filter means not changing your furnace air filters for two to three months, or even longer.

Is that cheap, low-quality air filter even worth the initial penny pinching when you need to change your furnace air filters every two to four weeks?

 

7. It’s Not Just Fire Risk

Rhinitis. Tracheitis. Bronchitis.

These ominous medical terms are just some of the possible reactions your body may have when you breathe in dust.

Without changing your air filters regularly, you’re exposing yourself and your family to allergens and irritants. Breathing in dust, dander, and other air particles will affect a person’s health.

And it doesn’t end with routine — learning about the importance of a MERV rating will improve the air quality of your home.

Saving a few bucks by buying a cheap filter will cost you and your family more in the long run.

 

8. Who Doesn’t Want to Save Money?

Are you familiar with zoning? It’s not just something your local government does.

You can apply the same methods in your home.

There’s no reason to have your garage the same temperature as your kitchen. Zoning your home can help you meet the unique needs of every room in your home.

Saving money with AC efficiency means that you’ll be able to spend that money when it counts. You’ll be able to afford the tests, inspections, and maintenance plans for your AC system that prevent a breakdown.

 

You Deserve Clean Air

We are HVAC experts offering every conceivable service for the AC systems in your business or home.

Are you ready to take the next step and talk to someone about your furnace air filters?

Our services provide the best options for both residential and commercial spaces in Southern California.