Keep ‘Em Cool

Hello Friends,

Camps are a big part of our summer days, but because of Cricket’s age, they are not all of our days. I am still on the detour, just a bit less than before. I fill this “down time” with projects, laundry (always), vehicle maintenance, grocery shopping, and cooking-you know, “home-making”. I recently did some home maintenance, specifically air conditioning maintenance, that struck me and I thought I would share.

The brief back story is that in June a heating and air conditioning technician gave our a/c condenser a once over. He actually passed his hand over the top once to feel the air and laid his hand once on the ductwork to see if it was cold (full disclosure-that’s all I was paying him for). He did peek between the louvers of the unit and suggest I hose it down. When I tried, I couldn’t really get the spray at the correct angle, so I removed the cover and found this:

Yikes, right?!? This unit was installed when Sweetie was born and I never had it seviced. Ugh. So with just hose pressure, no fancy pressure washing or compressed air, we started.

This ill-ness washed away easily enough, so I did the three sides that face the yard. Within 15 minutes all was washed and the panels reinstalled.

In the moment, I felt dumb that I never washed our unit. The takeaway is that, even after ten years of homeownership, I have more to learn. I don’t know for sure that this helps our unit, but I think it has to. And I will check our electric bill to see if there’s a difference. So take my oversight and ignorance and make it your benefit. We’ve had some heat here in Chicago, and the end of the summer is when it can get hot, humid and ugly. Having clean fins on the a/c compressor should help the unit breathe easy, which in turn should help it keep the house cool without undue stress.

Been awhile since you’ve serviced your a/c? Again, learn from my mistake and hose that unit off-gotta keep those kiddos cool in the heat!

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