Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the more usage before temperatures really start to climb.
McElroy Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve designed our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are many other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every component. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We recommend:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to give the same level of comfort. In severe cases, it may stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner typically cools more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and usually 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 professionals check filters and put in new ones if needed. Putting in a new filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How frequently you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will decrease your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can help.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to check other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, check that it’s running like it should. If the batteries are running out, get new ones.
For additional control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy easier. And select models can even tell you if there’s trouble 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 test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of exterior heat coming into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your house chilly without adjusting the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on McElroy Service Experts for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly lower cooling expenses.
- Likely extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at McElroy Service Experts now! Reach us at 308-210-4398 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.