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4 Ways to Prep for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s smart to prepare for the extra usage before temperatures get warmer.

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 knowledge goes a long way, but there are lots of other tasks you can do 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 fret, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.

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

    • Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
    • Keeping nearby 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 impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to deliver the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the need for repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner generally runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually lasts longer.

2. Put in a New Air Filter

Frequently replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a tune-up visit, our specialists inspect filters and install new ones if needed. Replacing the filter is speedy and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!

How regularly you need to replace your filter depends on:

    • The style of filter you use.
    • If someone in your home 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 don’t know if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and hold it up to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.

Filters catch dust, pollen and other pollutants from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will affect your residence’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. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.

If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can relieve symptoms.

3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is the perfect time to test other important pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are getting low, 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 an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.

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. Ensuring they’re still good delivers peace of mind and an added layer of safety.

4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs

One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the concentration of outside heat getting into your home. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures.

Here are several other ways to keep your residence chilly without adjusting the thermostat:

    • Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
    • Use your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
    • Keep air vents uncovered to ensure ample airflow.
    • Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Depend on Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our guide will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service entail:

    • Worry-free cooling.
    • Likely cheaper cooling costs.
    • Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.

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

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