Fight the rising cost of staying cool with these handy tips for keeping your air conditioning running efficiently this summer. Also, learn how AHS is addressing the EPA’s decision to require manufactures to phase out production of the most commonly used refrigerant known as R22, marketed under many brand names including Freon.

Basic tips to keep your air conditioner running right.
Keep your air conditioner running at top efficiency and help avoid the need for air conditioning service that requires R22 refrigerant.

Tip 1: Check your system in advance.
About a month before the weather heats up, turn on your air conditioning and let it run for 30 minutes to see if it is working properly.

Tip 2: Keep the area around your unit clean.
Sweep away any dirt, leaves or debris that may have accumulated around your air conditioning unit. Also, trim back any plants or shrubs to allow proper air flow.

Tip 3: Check for bent condenser fins.
If any of the fins on your unit’s condenser are bent, you can straighten them out using a tool called a fin comb, available at major hardware stores. Be sure to turn off the power to the unit before inspecting or straightening the condenser fins.

Source: American Home Shield (June 19, 2013)