There are things the homeowner can do to prolong the life of the equipment and save on utility expenses.

  • Have your HVAC system serviced seasonally: Primarily Fall and Spring.
  • Make sure you have a clean filter monthly and change it when it’s dirty. Always have several on hand but DO NOT store combustible material in your furnace closet.
  • Consider a digital set back programmable thermostat. You can save energy by programming the temperature set point where the system doesn’t run so much while your away.
  • The outside condenser unit coils need to be free of dirt, leaves, grass and whatever else may inhibit proper airflow across the condenser coil.

Once a month you should inspect the outside condenser coils and wash it if necessary. Turn the power off to the outside unit at the disconnect switch mounted on the wall next to the unit. If there is not one, turn the power off to the unit at the main breaker panel. Take a water hose and rinse the coil free of dirt and lint. Remember to turn the power back on after you have completely rinsed the coil. Remember that turning the thermostat down farther does not make it cool down faster.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for service, second opinions or just for a question you may have regarding your a/c and heating needs.


Gilbert Sotelo grew up in the air conditioning and heating business working for his father at a very early age. He started Jade Air in 1991 naming the business after his son. Gilbert prides himself on providing his customers with honest and reliable service as if you were one of the family.