Summer might seem 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 beneficial to prepare for the increased usage before temperatures get warmer.
Levy & Son Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve made our detailed air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional skill 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 best ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every part. Our Experts do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear room 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 more often to provide 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 possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our techs inspect filters and put in new ones if required. Putting in a new filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How regularly you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Neglecting it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your home has allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to examine other crucial parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running out, change them.
For added control and convenience, consider installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy less complicated. And some models can even tell you if there’s a problem 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 great time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice offers peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of exterior heat getting into your house. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other ways to keep your house chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Levy & Son Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Likely lower cooling costs.
- Possibly extending your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Levy & Son Service Experts now! Call us at 469-250-0932 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.