Summer may seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s smart to be ready for the more usage before temperatures get warmer.
Strogen's Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are lots of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every part. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding 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 influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to give the same level of comfort. In bad cases, it may stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we prefer minimizing the need for repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a service visit, our pros inspect filters and replace them if necessary. Installing a new filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How regularly you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter should be replaced, remove it, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other pollutants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, 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 great time to examine other critical parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working right. If the batteries are getting low, get new ones.
For extra control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make using less energy simpler. And some models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although 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. Making sure they’re still good gives peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outside heat getting into your residence. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from influencing interior temperatures.
Here are a couple other approaches to keep your house cold without lowering the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Strogen's Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner run more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling costs.
- Likely extending your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Strogen's Service Experts today! Contact us at 603-923-4570 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.