Summer may seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Bob Brown Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our detailed air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are lots of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can prep for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to take apart 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 too. We advise:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of free space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of cool air. In severe cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our specialists inspect filters and replace them if required. Replacing the filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Neglecting it will affect your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter might even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to evaluate other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are getting low, change them.
For additional control and convenience, think over getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy simpler. And some models can even notify 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 offers peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of outdoor heat coming into your home. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your residence cold without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents uncovered to ensure ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Bob Brown Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner run more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling costs.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Bob Brown Service Experts today! Call us at 623-243-4517 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.