Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s beneficial to prepare for the more usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our detailed air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional expertise goes a long way, but there are a lot of other tasks 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 fret, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts do this during your routine 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 neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by 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 comfort. In extreme cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our technicians check filters and put in new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How regularly you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow clean. Forgetting about it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to test other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating right. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For added control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving 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 to be changed.
Although 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 delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outside heat getting into your residence. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are a couple other methods to keep your home chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure ample airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Possibly lower cooling expenses.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away! Contact us at 954-736-4314 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.