4 Tips to Prep for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may feel 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 cooling regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the extra usage before temperatures really start to climb.

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest 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 part. 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 also. We advise:

    • Removing 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 clear space on all sides around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cool air. In severe cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.

2. Change Your Air Filter

Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our technicians inspect filters and replace them if required. Putting in a new filter is fast and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!

How frequently you need to get a new filter depends on:

    • The kind of filter you use.
    • If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
    • If you have pets.

Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Thicker 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 trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Neglecting it will affect your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.

Sometimes a blocked filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.

If someone in your family is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.

3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a great time to evaluate other important parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you rely on a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running low, replace them.

For added control and convenience, consider installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And a few models can even alert you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.

Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still have juice gives peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.

4. Keep Heat Outdoors

One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of outside heat getting into your residence. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures.

Here are several other ways to keep your residence cool without lowering the thermostat:

    • Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
    • Run your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
    • Keep air vents clean to ensure ample airflow.
    • Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Depend on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our list will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:

    • Headache-free cooling.
    • Likely reduced cooling expenses.
    • Likely lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
    • 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 & Plumbing right away! Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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