Summer might seem 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 cooling regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to prep for the more usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve designed our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are lots of other steps you can take 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 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 area around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We recommend:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cooling. In severe cases, it could stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we want to minimize the need for 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. Put in a New Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our technicians examine filters and replace them if necessary. Putting in a new filter is speedy and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your house 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’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Neglecting it will affect your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a blocked filter may even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to test other essential components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.
For additional control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy less complicated. And a few models can even tell you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Despite the fact 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. Ensuring they still have juice gives peace of mind and an additional layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the concentration of outside heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your residence chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Likely lower cooling bills.
- Potentially extending your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare today! Call us at 226-270-1164 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.