Summer may feel like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
A1 Chesney Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can prepare 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 handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We suggest:
- 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 open 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 cool air. 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 likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our technicians examine filters and install new ones if required. Replacing the filter is speedy and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How regularly 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 concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter needs to be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will decrease your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter can 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 consistent.
If someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to evaluate other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think about installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy less complicated. And select models can even tell 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 great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still have juice offers peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the best ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of exterior heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your residence chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Run 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 clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on A1 Chesney Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly reduced cooling costs.
- Potentially increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at A1 Chesney Service Experts now! Call us at 587-315-5271 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.