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Question: How do I properly maintain my home’s Air Conditioning System?

Answer: A properly-maintained Air Conditioning System can provide between ten and fifteen years of reliable, efficient cooling to your home. There are several steps you can take to get the most out of your system to get the most “bang for your buck”:

Have your system regularly serviced at least once every six months. You visit your doctor several times per year. You perform regular oil changes on your vehicle. Why wouldn’t you schedule periodic service on your Air Conditioning System too? By having a certified technician inspect and service your system every six months, you’ll be able to keep your system operating at optimum levels. You can also identify small problems before they become big problems. We recommend an annual service contract with AC Today. Why? With an AC Today service contract, you enjoy the following benefits:

  • Most minor repairs will be performed at no additional charge

  • A system “check-up” prior to the peak "hot" season

  • You receive priority status for service calls, especially during the peak “hot” season

  • Factory warranties are honored with proof of regular service

  • Your system operates at maximum efficiency, thereby keeping energy costs down

  • Your technician is much more likely to have a replacement part on hand as we “know” your unit

  • Your technician can help you determine when it is more cost-effective to replace the system versus repairs

Some other things you can do to make life easier on your system include:

Change or clean the filter.

Most disposable filters should be replaced every thirty (30) days. As dust and other particles collect on the face of the filter, the air flow to the Evaporator Coil slows down. This forces the Air Handler to work harder and longer to circulate (and cool) the air in your home and will shorten the life of the fan and fan motor. Also, as the air flow slows, the risk of ice forming on the Evaporator Coil increases. If enough ice forms on the Evaporator Coil, your system will freeze and shut down. Freezing the Evaporator Coil will also shorten the life of the coil, which can be an expensive repair.

Set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature during the hottest part of the day.

If the outside temperature is 95 degrees, your system will strain to maintain a temperature of 70 degrees inside your home. Since most families are not in the home during the week due to work and school, set your thermostat to 76-78 degrees. Then, you can set it back down to a cooler temperature in the evening when everyone is home. This has the added benefit of lower evening temperatures, which is easier on your system. Ask us about programmable thermostats and remote thermostats. These thermostats enable you set your thermostat to the most energy-efficient temperatures throughout the day.

Utilize fans.

Installing ceiling fans can go a long way toward circulating cool air in a given room. When installed properly, fans can work in concert with your system. Every little bit helps.

Block sunlight.

Draw blinds or drapes to block sunlight during the hottest part of the day.


Ensure that your home is properly insulated and that windows and doors are properly sealed so as not to allow hear in…or cool air out.

Outdoor Condensing Section.

Keep your outside Condensing Section free of dirt, leaves and anything else that might restrict airflow. Again, the slower or more restricted the air flow, the harder your system will have to work. This will lead to shortened life on system components.

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  • “I just wanted to share what a wonderful experience we had with AC Today. I am a renter with option to buy. Our unit broke down. We had planned to go away that weekend. So A/C Today called to let me know they were sending someone out right away. Daniel sent Pat right out. Pat found out what was wrong, let Daniel know. Daniel contacted my realtor/owner with the status. Daniel called me back and let me know what was going on. Once my realtor/owner ok a repair, Daniel let us borrow a portable unit until repairs could be made.”

    Dawn L.

    Sarasota, FL

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  • “I called AC Today on 7-5-15 ( July 4th holiday) and the technician was very responsive. He was here within 45 mins and brought a temporary unit that we could place in one room to get some relief. This was not a service offered by any of the 7 AC companies that I called. Dale got us hooked up by 5 pm and had a replacement AC unit scheduled for next am ( Monday). I had a new unit installed by 3 pm. I also found Dan the owner very accommodating and pleasant to work with as well. I highly recommend this company and will tell everyone about them.”

    Gayle F.

    Sarasota, FL

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  • “What a great experience we had with AC Today that I had to send in this review.  Our AC was slowly on its way out with it totally broke on the weekend that I had family in town!  I called around looking for a quote to replace it and all the companies were priced outrageously and couldn’t do the work until Monday at the earliest.  Luckily, I found AC Today and they came out to my home and replaced the AC the same day! And it was a great price! The crew was extremely courteous and professional. Highly recommended for all AC work.”

    Jessica H.

    Bradenton, FL

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