Summer may feel like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling around the clock to maintain cool temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Strand Brothers Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other things 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 fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts take care of this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. 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 area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to give the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we want to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner generally operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a tune-up visit, our technicians check filters and install new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How regularly you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Forgetting about it will lower your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a dirty filter might even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to test other crucial parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, check that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For additional control and convenience, consider installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy much more convenient. And select models can even tell you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still work delivers peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of exterior heat coming into your home. Using quality window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are a couple other methods to keep your house chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Run 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 clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Strand Brothers Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner operate smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service involve:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling costs.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Strand Brothers Service Experts right away! Contact us at 512-596-1257 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.