Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional knowledge 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 top ways you can get ready 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 piece. 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:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of open space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it may stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our professionals check filters and install new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter needs to be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Disregarding it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter might even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often 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 conditions, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to check other critical components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For more control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy much more convenient. And some models can even notify you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they’re still good gives peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outdoor heat seeping into your residence. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a couple other approaches to keep your house cold 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 proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the wisest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially cheaper cooling expenses.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Reach us at 440-252-1375 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.