Summer may seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the additional usage before temperatures heat up.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve made our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are lots of 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 worry, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every component. Our Experts take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Clearing 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 free area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like 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 typically lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a tune-up visit, our technicians check filters and replace them if needed. Installing a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How frequently you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other pollutants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow clean. Forgetting about it will lower your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a dirty filter may even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can help.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to check other critical pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running out, change them.
For more control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy easier. And a few models can even notify you if there’s a problem 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 good time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice gives peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the wisest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the level of exterior heat coming into your residence. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from influencing indoor temperatures.
Here are a couple other ways to keep your house chilly without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner run more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling bills.
- Possibly increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today! Contact us at 318-588-8163 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.