How to Keep your AC running all summer long in Smithville

Smithville summer brings days at the beach, cookouts, and ac maintenance and repairs. (Although to be honest, no one thinks about our air conditioner until it stops working or until the first bill gets delivered.) Much like car or lawn maintenance, your air conditioner, from basic window units to elaborate central air systems, must be maintained. You may be questioning, “why do I need to maintain my ac unit if it works when it’s turned on?” Air conditioning accounts for about half of hot weather energy costs and doing regular maintenance not only helps with the larger summer energy bills, but it will save you money by avoiding high-priced repairs. Maintenance can also help your cooling system last up to twice as long as well as helping with indoor air quality.

There are a lot ways to keep your ac system going through the hot weather, one of the most straightforward is to make sure there are no items within 2 feet of the outside unit. This will prevent leaves, dirt, and other unwanted things from getting stuck in the condenser and causing loss of efficiency. Vacuuming the fins of the condenser helps keep unwanted debris out of your ac system as well.

Want to prevent your ac from running all day long? A programable thermostat does just that! Programable thermostats prevent your ac system from wearing down expensive parts and helps manage the summer cooling bills by letting you select when the system should be running. By far, the easiest things you can do are; keep rooms and vents open, leave air return vents free from clutter, and make sure that windows and doors are sealed, (especially with window ac units.) These simple things will help keep your house cool and avoid avoidable wear and tear.


Warm weather in Smithville also means more time in your backyard and more time looking at your ac system, which, is presumably not the greatest feature of your outdoor paradise. There are many ways to make your ac unit fit in with your backyard aesthetic, like upcycling your aged fencing into a chic and ecofriendly ac cover. Maybe you want more coverage without suffocating your air conditioner, an ac house may be more your style. Not a fan of wood? You can create a stone ac screen with pavers and cement for a rustic look. If you like to have simple access to your outdoor ac unit, an ac cover with a hinged lid may work better. The DIY possibilities are endless!


We encourage our neighbors to practice good maintenance habits to keep their ac working well all summer long. If you get stuck, have a question, or just need help choosing the right tools and supplies for your Smithville ac maintenance plans, reach out to us at 816-532-0525 or stop in today!

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