Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running frequently to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the more usage before temperatures heat up.
Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve made our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are many other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top 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 yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 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 affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to give the same level of cooling. In severe cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the possibility of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our professionals examine filters and put in new ones if required. Replacing the filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter requires replacement, take it out, and tilt 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 home’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Neglecting it will lower your residence’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 break down. Frequently changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to examine other essential pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running out, get new ones.
For added control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy much more convenient. And select models can even notify you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Despite the fact they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outside heat seeping into your home. Using quality window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your house chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly lower cooling expenses.
- Possibly extending your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air right away! Reach us at 210-404-4233 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.