Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s smart to prepare for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Freschi Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional experience goes a long way, but there are many other steps you can take 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 be concerned, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can impact 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 matter to us, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a maintenance visit, our techs check filters and put in new ones if required. Replacing the filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How frequently you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other particles from your residence’s air, keeping airflow clean. Disregarding it will impact your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a dirty filter can even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to examine other important parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.
For extra control and convenience, think about upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy less complicated. And a few models can even tell you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
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. Confirming they’re still good offers peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of outside heat seeping into your residence. Using quality window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a couple other methods to keep your residence chilly without lowering the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Freschi Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner run smoother this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially reduced cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Freschi Service Experts now! Reach us at 925-384-1303 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.