Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you blink, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures get warmer.
Service Experts Commercial HVAC and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve designed our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. 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 get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every piece. Our Experts do this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We recommend:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of clear 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 longer to deliver the same level of cool air. In bad cases, it may stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner typically cools 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 wellness. During a service visit, our pros examine filters and put in new ones if needed. Putting in a new filter is speedy and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How regularly you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, remove it, 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 contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will decrease your residence’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 malfunction. Frequently replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your home has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to evaluate other crucial pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For extra control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy much more convenient. And select models can even notify you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the best ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of exterior heat coming into your house. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your house cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Turn on 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 ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Commercial HVAC for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling expenses.
- Likely extending your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Commercial HVAC right away! Reach us at 289-201-2346 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.