Summer may seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Comfort Masters Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional expertise 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 prep 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 yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of free space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to give the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we like to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our technicians examine filters and replace them if necessary. Replacing the filter is speedy and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How frequently you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- 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 requires replacement, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will affect your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a blocked 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 level.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask 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 evaluate other essential pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, check that it’s operating right. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For added control and convenience, think over getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy much more convenient. And select models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an extra layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outdoor heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from affecting indoor temperatures.
Here are a few other methods to keep your home cool without turning down the thermostat:
- Run 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.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Comfort Masters Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner run more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling bills.
- Potentially increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Comfort Masters Service Experts right away! Reach us at 847-250-6729 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.