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 working frequently to maintain cool temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill 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 prep for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every component. Our Experts do this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space 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 cut 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 work harder to deliver the same level of cooling. 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 clean air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a tune-up visit, our technicians examine filters and install new ones if required. Installing a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- 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 not sure 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 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 instances a blocked filter could 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 level.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to check other critical pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s running right. If the batteries are getting low, change them.
For additional control and convenience, consider getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy much more convenient. And select models can even tell you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still work gives peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the best ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of exterior heat getting into your residence. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are a couple other approaches to keep your residence chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure adequate airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling bills.
- Likely extending your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare now! Call us at 519-804-1617 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.