Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.
Comfortech Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional experience 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 best ways you can prep for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts take care of this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We suggest:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants cut 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 run more often to deliver the same level of cool air. In extreme cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a maintenance visit, our techs examine filters and replace them if required. Installing 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 house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Neglecting it will lower your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a blocked filter may even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to evaluate other critical parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running low, replace them.
For more control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy simpler. And select models can even alert you if there’s a problem 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 an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work offers peace of mind and an extra layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outdoor heat coming into your residence. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your residence cool without turning down the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Comfortech Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling costs.
- Likely increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Comfortech Service Experts now! Reach us at 601-852-3105 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.