Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the additional usage before temperatures heat up.
Wesley Wood Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are a lot of other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every component. Our Experts do this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our specialists examine filters and install new ones if required. Replacing the filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How regularly you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter requires replacement, remove it, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other pollutants 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 situations a dirty filter can even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to evaluate other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are getting low, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy simpler. And some models can even tell you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they’re still good gives 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 reduce the concentration of exterior heat coming into your house. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from affecting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a few other ways to keep your residence cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Wesley Wood Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service include:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling bills.
- Likely lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Wesley Wood Service Experts right away! Contact us at 484-401-7577 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.