Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the extra usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Air Engineers Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional expertise goes a long way, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every component. Our Experts take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to deliver the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and usually lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our technicians check filters and put in new ones if needed. Replacing the filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How often 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 normally last for 30–60 days. Thicker 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. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Forgetting about it will decrease 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 malfunction. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can relieve symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to examine other crucial pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.
For extra control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy simpler. And a few models can even tell you if there’s a problem 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 still work offers peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of outdoor heat seeping into your residence. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your residence chilly 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 ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Air Engineers Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially cheaper cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Air Engineers Service Experts right away! Contact us at 904-450-5672 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.