Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the extra usage before temperatures get warmer.
Stevenson Service Experts and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve designed our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can get ready 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 do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We advise:
- Getting rid of 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 open 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 comfort. In extreme cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally runs more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our professionals 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 regularly you need to replace your 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 unsure if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a clogged filter can even damage your system or cause it to break down. Frequently putting in a new one 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, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to evaluate other critical components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running low, replace them.
For added control and convenience, think about installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And select models can even alert you if there’s a problem 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 check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they’re still good delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the concentration of outdoor heat getting into your house. Using premium window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your house cold without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure adequate airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Stevenson Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Likely reduced cooling expenses.
- Potentially increasing your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Stevenson Service Experts now! Reach us at 614-334-3192 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.