Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running frequently to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the more usage before temperatures heat up.
Eveready Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge 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 prep 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 take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open space 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 work harder to give the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner generally runs more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and usually lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our techs inspect filters and put in new ones if required. Installing a new filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
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 problems.
- 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 don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter may 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 relieve symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to test other essential pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For added control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy less complicated. And a few models can even tell you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
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. Confirming they’re still good gives peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the best ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of outside 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 few other ways to keep your residence cool without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Eveready Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely reduced cooling expenses.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Eveready Service Experts now! Contact us at 804-548-4480 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.