Summer might 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 running frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to prep for the additional usage before temperatures heat up.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are lots of other steps you can take 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 fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every piece. Our Experts take care of this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to give the same level of comfort. In bad cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we want to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner generally operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a tune-up visit, our professionals check filters and put in new ones if needed. Replacing the filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How regularly you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The style 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. More dense 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 catch dust, pollen and other pollutants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will impact your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a clogged filter may even damage your system or cause it to break down. Frequently putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to test other important pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are getting low, get new ones.
For more control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy easier. And a few models can even tell you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Despite the fact 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 have juice delivers peace of mind and an extra layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outdoor heat getting into your residence. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other methods to keep your house chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling bills.
- Potentially extending your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning now! Reach us at 303-647-5749 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.