Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you blink, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling around the clock to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s smart to be ready for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve created our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional knowledge 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 take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We recommend:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of 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 cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our professionals examine filters and install new ones if needed. Putting in a new filter is speedy and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How frequently you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your residence’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Neglecting it will impact your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter may even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family 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. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to check other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For more control and convenience, consider getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy less complicated. And some models can even notify 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 great time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still have juice offers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of outdoor heat seeping into your house. Using premium window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.
Here are a couple other ways to keep your residence cold without adjusting 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 clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate smoother this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling bills.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Contact us at 561-629-1826 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.