4 Ways to Prepare for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working around the clock to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional knowledge 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 prepare for air conditioning season.

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner

Don’t fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts take care of this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.

But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We recommend:

    • Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
    • Keeping nearby grass and plants clipped back.
    • Maintaining no less than 1 foot of clear space on all sides around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it could stop working 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 regularly serviced air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.

2. Replace Your Air Filter

Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a tune-up visit, our techs check filters and put in new ones if required. Installing a new filter is speedy and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!

How frequently 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 usually last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.

Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will affect your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.

In some situations a clogged filter may even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.

If someone in your family is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.

3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a great time to evaluate other critical 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 getting low, get new ones.

For more control and convenience, think about upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy easier. And some models can even notify you if there’s trouble 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 good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they’re still good delivers peace of mind and an extra layer of security.

4. Keep Heat Outdoors

One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the level of exterior heat seeping into your residence. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.

Here are several other ways to keep your home chilly without adjusting the thermostat:

    • Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
    • Use your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
    • Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure adequate airflow.
    • Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Rely on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the smartest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service involve:

    • Worry-free cooling.
    • Likely reduced cooling bills.
    • Likely extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.

Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing right away! Reach us at 866-397-3787 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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