Summer is almost here! OK, maybe not quite yet, but before you know it, you’ll be pulling out the barbeque and the patio furniture. And as the warmer weather approaches, you’ll be cranking up the air conditioner to keep you and your family nice and cool.
Just like a car, your AC requires regular maintenance to run efficiently. After a year of being inactive, your unit must get a professional maintenance check-up. You want to make sure that it's still in good working condition and that it's safe to run all summer long.
Get ahead of the game and schedule your AC repair in time for summer with a professional HVAC company before the weather gets too hot. It might be hard to believe right now, but soon you’ll be complaining about the heat instead of the cold!
Read on to discover what you can do to prepare your air conditioner just in time for summer.
Change the Filter
The role of the filter is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You’d be shocked at how much builds up on there in a very short amount of time. Think about how much dust and debris you pick up when you use the vacuum cleaner — and it’s even worse if you have pets.
Change or replace your air filters regularly to avoid any unnecessary (and unhealthy) buildup of dust and debris. Not to mention the damage that all of that buildup can cause to the parts of your AC unit. It gets clogged with all of that dust and dirt, causing wear tear on the parts. A clogged filter also prevents air from flowing through effectively in your home.
Consult your heating and cooling service provider to change or replace your filter correctly. They’ll be able to answer any specific questions you may have.
Clean the Coils
The coils in your air conditioner are a critical component of the unit because they absorb the heat from the air in your house. They're located inside the air handler or attached to the furnace. Over time, the coils become insulated with dust and debris, and this reduces the amount of heat they can absorb. Therefore, your AC has to work harder to cool your home.
Dirty coils can lead to:
- Increased operating temperatures (excess dirt and can cause undue stress on the AC, causing fans and compressors to work harder at increased operating temperatures to achieve the desired level of indoor comfort)
- Higher humidity levels inside your home
- Decreased cooling efficiency
- Higher cooling costs
To prevent placing unnecessary strain on your air conditioner, be sure to keep the coils clean. Consult your HVAC professional first, but you can also get rid of any debris found around the outdoor condenser unit.
The spring season is the perfect time of year to have your AC unit professionally checked out. With a little tender loving care, your air conditioner will be good to go all summer long!
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