Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running around the clock to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the more usage before temperatures heat up.
All American Air Service Experts and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional expertise goes a long way, but there are many 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 disassemble your system and clean every piece. 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 suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to give the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually runs 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 pros examine filters and replace them if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your household 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 unsure if your filter needs to be replaced, remove it, 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 home’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will lower your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter might even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently replacing 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 conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to test other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For more control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy much more convenient. And some models can even alert you if there’s an issue 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. Confirming they still have juice offers peace of mind and an extra layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of outside heat getting into your residence. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other methods to keep your residence cool without adjusting 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 proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on All American Air Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Likely reduced cooling bills.
- Potentially extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at All American Air Service Experts right away! Contact us at 386-310-2061 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.