Summer may feel 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 cooling frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the extra usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Stevenson Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are a lot of other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, 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 too. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear 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 more often to provide the same level of comfort. In extreme cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our specialists examine filters and replace them if required. Replacing the filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How regularly you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your home 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 don’t know if your filter should be replaced, remove it, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Neglecting it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a dirty filter could 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 level.
If someone in your home is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to test other important pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For more control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy simpler. And select models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work gives peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outdoor heat getting into your home. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a few other ways to keep your house cool without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Stevenson Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the wisest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly reduced cooling costs.
- Potentially extending 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 today! Call us at 937-503-7896 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.