Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working around the clock to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can help. We’ve designed our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are a lot of other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare 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 piece. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We advise:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of open room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of 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 matter to us, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually 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 examine filters and replace them if required. Replacing the filter is fast and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other particles from your residence’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Forgetting about it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to test other critical pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s running right. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.
For more control and convenience, consider getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And some models can even tell you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they’re still good offers peace of mind and an extra layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outdoor heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from influencing indoor temperatures.
Here are a couple other ways to keep your residence chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling costs.
- Possibly increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning now! Reach us at 239-908-6991 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.