Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you blink, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to prep for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created 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 many other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every component. Our Experts take care of this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We recommend:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of clear room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to deliver the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it may stop running 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 well-maintained air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our pros examine filters and put in new ones if necessary. Replacing the filter is quick and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and hold it up to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will impact your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter could even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can help.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to test other critical components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running low, replace them.
For additional control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy less complicated. And a few models can even alert you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still have juice gives peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the level of exterior heat getting into your house. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your home cool without lowering the thermostat:
- Use 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 ample airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling expenses.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away! Contact us at 305-440-1505 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.