Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to prepare our homes for the hot weather to come and one of the most important things on that to do list is getting our air conditioning units ready for the season. In addition to having a standard tune-up performed on your system, there are a few other steps you can take to help get your A/C unit in top shape for the upcoming summer season!
Check your thermostat
First things first, be sure to change the batteries in your thermostat if you haven’t within the last couple of months. You definitely don’t want to be forced to call an HVAC Repair Company over what you think is a major problem, only to find out that the thermostat simply died.
Also consider investing in a programmable thermostat; some of the benefits associated with investing in a new thermostat include an improvement in energy efficiency, and an overall reduction in energy-related bills and expenditures. An outdated thermostat operating in tandem with an outdated A/C unit can be incredibly inefficient; so don’t hesitate to ask your HVAC technician if this is a concern of yours.
Time for a little spring-cleaning!
When it comes to doing your part to keep the air conditioning system of your home clean, there are two main jobs to remember; first, clean the air filters, and second, maintain a clean and clear space around the A/C unit itself. To keep your air conditioner functioning properly this summer, make sure to clean the surrounding area of the unit, including mowing or trimming grass or weeds, removing branches, leaves, etc. Also keep all shrubs and trees at least 2 feet away from the unit.
A clogged and dirty air filter can dramatically impact how your unit functions, as it can cause a back up situation when the air cannot flow through properly, often resulting in the unit seizing up. Additionally, dirty and clogged air filters can decrease the efficiency of your A/C this summer, so unless you have washable air filters, it is important to remember to replace them every 30-60 days.
Keep your home cool by keeping the sun out
Another way to help keep your home cool this summer is by using window coverings, shades, blackout drapes, and other materials made to keep sun from penetrating to the inside of your house. And by keeping your home cooler with methods like that, you also reduce the stress on your HVAC unit because it won’t have to work as hard to keep the inside cool!
Schedule a tune-up with a professional A/C company
An experienced HVAC technician will be able to identify any potential problems during a tune up that could jeopardize the longevity of your A/C system and make your summer a whole lot hotter than it has to be! Not to mention the fact that with regular maintenance, which helps to extend the life and protect the value of the HVAC system, regular checks from a professional technician can help to improve the efficiency of your A/C.