3 Tips For Preparing Your AC Unit For Summer
On January, 18, 2018
While the process of preparing your home’s air conditioning unit for summer isn’t an especially difficult one, it is an important one. A lot is going to be expected from your home’s air conditioning in the coming months, and taking the time now to ensure that it has the care it needs is a great way to help ensure that you don’t have to fork out all of your hard earned money for emergency repairs or have to go through any downtime once things start to get really hot. Heat waves have been pretty commonplace over the last couple of years, and as it keeps getting hotter, your air conditioner is going to have to work harder and harder to keep your home comfortable for you and your family. To help make sure that our customers are able to stay cool this summer while still keeping their energy bills low, our team of AC professionals have taken the time to put together this short list of three things you can do to prepare your home’s AC unit for the oncoming summer months.
Filter Maintenance & Cleaning
Clogged air filters are the leading root cause behind nearly every air conditioning issue that we are called out to take care of. Not only do clogged air filters reduce the efficiency of your AC unit, making it work harder to do its job and spiking your energy bills, but that excess strain can also cause unnecessary wear on your unit, increasing the number of problems you experience and shortening its lifespan. In addition, these clogged filters can actually worsen the overall air quality inside your home, filling your air with dust, dirt, and bacteria that can have a negative impact on the health of you and your family. To keep your air conditioning system running strong this summer, make sure you are washing or changing your filters at least once a month while your system is in heavy use.
Air Flow Leaks & Obstructions
Before the summer gets into full swing, it is always a good idea to have an AC service professional come out and look over your system to make sure that there are no gaps or obstructions that might be negatively impacting the performance of your system. This is also a good time to check the blower components and make sure they are property adjusted, as well as closing the damper on your fireplace to keep cool air from escaping through it. Finally, it is a good idea to walk around your home and check around your windows and doors for drafty areas, since you can lose a surprising amount of cool air due to cracks and leaks.
Compressor & Coil Maintenance
This is a task that you can either entrust to a professional, or take care of yourself if you feel up to it. Before your system goes into heavy use, you will want to take a walk around your outside unit and inspect it to make sure that there is no dirt, debris, or anything else around the unit, and make sure that it is kept clear on a regular basis. You will also want to ensure that the area around the evaporator and the coils are clean since any dirt or debris on these components can actually cause a great deal of damage to your system.