Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the more usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are lots of other tasks you can do 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 fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to deliver the same level of cooling. In severe cases, it might stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our pros check filters and put in new ones if required. Putting in a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
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 problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and tilt it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other particles from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will decrease your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a blocked filter can even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to examine other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s running correctly. If the batteries are running out, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And select models can even alert you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work offers peace of mind and an additional layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outdoor heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your house chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling bills.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Call us at 407-329-7661 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.