4 Tips to Get Ready for Air Conditioning Season

Summer might seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you know it, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s smart to prepare for the extra usage before temperatures really start to climb. 

Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are many other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can get ready for air conditioning season. 

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner

Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment. 

But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We suggest: 

  • Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner. 
  • Keeping surrounding grass and plants trimmed back. 
  • Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open room 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 deliver the same level of cool air. In severe cases, it may stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair

Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we like to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and usually lasts longer. 

2. Put in a New Air Filter

Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our techs check filters and put in new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever! 

How frequently 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 problems. 
  • If you have pets. 

Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, remove it, and angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it. 

Filters trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your house’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will impact your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency. 

Sometimes a dirty filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Frequently putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced. 

If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms. 

3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a great time to check other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems. 

If you have a programmable thermostat, check that it’s running like it should. If the batteries are running out, change them. 

For added control and convenience, think over installing 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. Confirming they’re still good gives peace of mind and an extra layer of protection. 

4. Keep Heat Outdoors

One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of exterior heat seeping into your house. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures. 

Here are a couple other methods to keep your house cold without turning down the thermostat: 

  • Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room. 
  • Turn on your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower. 
  • Keep air vents clean to ensure ample airflow. 
  • Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows. 

Rely on Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our list will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve: 

  • Stress-free cooling. 
  • Potentially cheaper cooling costs. 
  • Likely extending your air conditioner’s lifetime. 
  • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid. 

Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air now! Reach us at 210-404-4233 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans

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