Summer might seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s smart to be ready for the more usage before temperatures get warmer.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are many 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 be concerned, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to provide the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner generally operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often 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 pros inspect filters and replace them if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How regularly you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- 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 not sure 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 catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow clean. Disregarding it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a dirty filter might even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your household has allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to examine other crucial pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think over getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy easier. And a few models can even tell you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Even though 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. Ensuring they’re still good gives peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outside heat coming into your home. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from influencing interior temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your house cool without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling costs.
- Likely lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning now! Reach us at 330-235-1260 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.