4 Hints to Prepare for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the more 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 boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are lots of other steps you can take 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 fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every component. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.

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

    • Removing 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 space 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 more often to provide the same level of comfort. In bad cases, it could stop cooling 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 typically cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and typically lasts longer.

2. Put in a New Air Filter

Frequently replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our technicians check filters and put in new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!

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 issues.
    • If you have pets.

Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.

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

In some situations a dirty filter might even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Regularly 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, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.

3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

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

If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running out, get new ones.

For extra control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And select models can even tell you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.

Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they’re still good delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of protection.

4. Keep Heat Outdoors

One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of exterior heat coming into your house. Using premium window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting interior temperatures.

Here are several other ways to keep your residence chilly without adjusting 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 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 run more efficiently this summer. But the best way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:

    • Headache-free cooling.
    • Potentially reduced cooling expenses.
    • Possibly extending your air conditioner’s life span.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.

Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing now! Call us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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