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 working around the clock to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the additional usage before temperatures heat up.
Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our detailed 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 steps you can take 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 dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to provide the same level of comfort. In severe cases, it might stop cooling 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 clean air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our specialists inspect filters and put in new ones if necessary. Putting in a new filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The style 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. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, pull 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 contaminants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow clean. Disregarding it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your home has 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 a great time to evaluate other essential pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, check that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For added control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make using less energy easier. And a few models can even alert you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice offers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the wisest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the concentration of outdoor heat coming into your residence. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are a few other methods to keep your house cold without adjusting the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service involve:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly reduced cooling bills.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning right away! Call us at 215-278-9690 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.