Keeping your AC running all summer long in Chicago and Skokie

Chicago and Skokie summer brings days at the beach, cookouts, and ac maintenance and repairs. (Although to be honest, we usually don’t think about our air conditioner until it breaks or until the first bill gets delivered.) Much like car or lawn care, your air conditioner, from basic window units to elaborate central air systems, has to be kept up. You may be questioning, “why do I need to update my ac unit if everything is fine when it’s turned on?” Air conditioning accounts for a large chunck of warm weather energy costs and doing seasonal maintenance not only helps with the larger summer energy bills, but it will save you money in the long run by avoiding high-priced repairs. Maintenance should also help your cooling system last up to 2 times longer and help with indoor air quality.

There are countless ways to keep your ac system operating through the summer months, one of the easiest is to make sure there is no debris within 2 feet of the external unit. This will keep leaves, dirt, and other unwanted items from getting stuck in the condenser and causing damage. Vacuuming the fins of the condenser helps keep unwanted debris out of your ac system as well.

Want to keep your ac from running all day long? A programable thermostat does just that! Programable thermostats prevent your air conditioning system from wearing out expensive parts and helps manage the summer cooling bills by giving you the ability to decide when the system should be running. By far, the easiest things you can do are; keep doors and vents open, leave air return vents free from clutter, and double-check that windows and doors are sealed, (especially with window ac units.) These simple things will help keep your home cool and avoid avoidable damage.


Summer in Chicago and Skokie also means more time in your backyard and more time looking at your ac system, which, is presumably not the most attractive feature of your outdoor escape. There are many ways to make your ac unit flow with your backyard aesthetic, like upcycling your weathered fencing into a trendy and green ac cover. Or maybe you want more coverage without suffocating your air conditioner, an ac house may be more fitting. Not a fan of wood? You can create a stone ac blind 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 prospects are endless!


We encourage our customers to practice good maintenance habits to keep their ac running well all summer long. If you get stuck, have a question, or just need help choosing the right tools and supplies for your Chicago and Skokie ac maintenance activities, reach out to us at 847-673-3000 or stop in today!

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