4 Tips to Prep for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional expertise 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 greatest ways you can prep for air conditioning season.

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner

Don’t worry, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.

But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We advise:

    • Clearing 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 free room on all sides around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to provide the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner generally operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.

2. Put in a New Air Filter

Frequently replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our technicians check filters and put in new ones if required. Replacing the filter is quick and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!

How regularly you need to replace your filter depends on:

    • The kind 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. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.

Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Neglecting it will affect your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.

In some situations a blocked filter can even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.

If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.

3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is the perfect time to examine other crucial parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you rely on a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running low, replace them.

For added control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy simpler. And some models can even alert you if there’s an issue 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 delivers peace of mind and an extra layer of protection.

4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs

One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of exterior heat coming into your house. Using quality window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from affecting your home’s temperatures.

Here are a few other approaches to keep your home cold 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 ample airflow.
    • Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our list will help your air conditioner operate smoother this summer. But the wisest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:

    • Headache-free cooling.
    • Potentially lower cooling costs.
    • Possibly increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.

Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today! Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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