Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running frequently to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the increased usage before temperatures get warmer.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare 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 component. Our Experts handle this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of clear 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 work harder to give the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop working 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 usually lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our professionals inspect filters and install new ones if needed. Installing a new filter is speedy 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 household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other pollutants from your house’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a dirty filter could even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your home has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to test other essential parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For more control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy easier. And select models can even alert you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still work delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the wisest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outside heat getting into your house. Using quality window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other methods to keep your home chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents uncovered to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner cool smoother this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Contact us at 901-235-1196 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.