Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made 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 a lot 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 piece. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space 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 nearby grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of open space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to give the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we prefer minimizing the possibility of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a tune-up visit, our technicians examine filters and put in new ones if required. Putting in a new filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will impact your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a dirty filter may even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your home is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to evaluate other crucial parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s running correctly. If the batteries are running out, get new ones.
For more control and convenience, consider installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And select models can even alert you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they’re still good gives peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of outdoor heat seeping into your residence. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your home cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling costs.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare now! Reach us at 289-813-5566 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.