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 around the clock to maintain cool temperatures. It’s beneficial to prepare for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are a lot of other tasks you can do 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 fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every component. Our Experts take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of free 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 longer to provide the same level of comfort. In severe cases, it could stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the need for repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our professionals examine filters and install new ones if necessary. Installing a new filter is quick and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How often you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Thicker 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 particles from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will decrease your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a dirty filter could 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 balanced.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to test other crucial parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For added control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy easier. And some models can even alert you if there’s a situation 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 a good time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of outside heat getting into your house. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from influencing interior temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your residence cool without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on 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 proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away! Contact us at 330-269-7235 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.