Weekly Feature

2017-03-15 / Letters to the Editor

Spring’s arrival a time for tune-ups

Spring is just around the corner. Now is a good time to schedule a tune-up for your lawn mower.

It’s a service at most Amherst hardware stores, or something that can be done by the homeowner. Instructions are on many do-it-yourself websites.

According to manufacturer Briggs and Stratton, a tune-up can increase fuel economy by a third, extend the life of the engine, reduce repair costs and decrease emissions by up to 50 percent.

It’s also a good time to get ready for summer and schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner.

Homeowners can make a window unit more efficient by cleaning the filter and exhaust panels, dusting the interior fins, and making sure that the outside drain hole is unclogged.

For whole-house units, annual service is recommended by the manufacturers. Air flow is key to the operation of the air conditioning unit. Make sure you include the area around the air conditioner during your spring cleanup around the yard.

The unit needs to be free of debris. Plants and any other obstructions should be at least one foot away for maximum airflow. This maintenance can save you 5 to 10 percent on your cooling bills.

John Szalasny
Teakwood Terrace

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