Summer might seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you know it, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve designed our detailed air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prep 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 handle 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 nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of clear space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to deliver the same level of cool air. In extreme cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a maintenance visit, our pros inspect filters and install new ones if necessary. Installing a new filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How regularly you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow clean. Disregarding it will lower your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a blocked 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 consistent.
If someone in your family is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to test other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For additional control and convenience, consider installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy simpler. And select models can even tell you if there’s a problem 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. Ensuring they still work offers peace of mind and an added layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outside heat coming into your residence. Using premium window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from affecting indoor temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your house cool without turning down the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents uncovered to ensure ample airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the smartest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely reduced cooling expenses.
- Possibly increasing your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Contact us at 587-404-0790 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.