Summer might seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s smart to prepare for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
D & K Heating Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of open area 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 run more often to provide the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally cools more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and often lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our techs check filters and install new ones if required. Installing a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How frequently you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The style 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’re unsure if your filter requires replacement, 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 contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow clean. Neglecting it will affect your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter can even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your home has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can help.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to examine other essential parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s running like it should. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.
For extra control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy much more convenient. And some models can even alert you if there’s an issue 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 a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they’re still good gives peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of outdoor heat coming into your residence. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from influencing interior temperatures.
Here are a couple other approaches to keep your residence cool 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 uncovered to ensure ample airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on D & K Heating Service Experts for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the best way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling bills.
- Potentially extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at D & K Heating Service Experts today! Contact us at 613-707-2421 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.