4 Tips to Prepare for Air Conditioning Season
Summer may feel like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to prep for the additional usage before temperatures heat up.
Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are many other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every part. Our Experts do this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to give the same level of cool air. In extreme cases, it might stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our specialists check filters and replace them if needed. Installing a new filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will affect your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a dirty filter can even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to examine other important parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s running correctly. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For additional control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy much more convenient. And a few models can even notify you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the best ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outdoor heat getting into your residence. Using premium window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from influencing indoor temperatures.
Here are a few other ways to keep your residence chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure adequate airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service include:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially cheaper cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing right away! Reach us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.
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