4 Tips to Get Ready for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the increased usage before temperatures get warmer.

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top 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 handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.

But cleaning the area 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 nearby grass and plants trimmed 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 run longer to provide the same level of cool air. In bad cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.

2. Replace Your Air Filter

Routinely replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a tune-up visit, our techs check filters and install new ones if required. Installing a new filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!

How frequently you need to install a new filter depends on:

    • The type of filter you use.
    • If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
    • If you have pets.

Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter requires replacement, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.

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

In some situations a blocked filter may even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.

If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.

3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a good time to examine other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you rely on a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.

For added control and convenience, think about installing a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy less complicated. And a few models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.

Despite the fact they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still work gives peace of mind and an added layer of protection.

4. Keep Heat Outdoors

One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outdoor heat getting into your house. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting interior temperatures.

Here are a few other ways to keep your home cool without turning down the thermostat:

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

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

Our guide will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service involve:

    • Stress-free cooling.
    • Possibly cheaper cooling expenses.
    • Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
    • 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 today! Call us at 866-397-3787 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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