With the snow and cold temperatures outside, your Air Conditioning Unit is probably the last thing on your mind. However, you don’t want to wait until you need it to address your AC unit. The last thing you want on the first really hot day of summer is to turn your air conditioning on and realize it does not work.
When the system sits idle for months, maintenance is necessary for it to run in tiptop shape. Throughout the winter is collects leaves, debris, and dust. Now is the time to get your system prepared for the summer. You don’t want to suffer in a hot house for days while waiting for a busy service pro or pay top of the season prices for something you can do now.
Some of the simple things you can do yourself are:
- Clean or replace filters- This is a very important yet easy step. Dirty filters restrict airflow and recirculate dust into your home.
- Keep outdoor unit clear –Make sure the area is clear of any debris. If there are any branches, plants, or other items blocking the area or touching your air conditioner remove them. It is smart to have an open space of around two feet surrounding your HVAC.
- Check Vents- Examine each vent in your home. Clear out any dust or debris. Make sure the vents in rooms you are wanting cool are open. This will help your HVAC get an even amount of coverage throughout your house. Basic maintenance can improve the function, efficiency, and longevity of your HVAC. If you see any issues, call a professional to find any deeper problems.
- Minimize heat from other appliances- In the hotter months, choose an outdoor grill instead of an oven, and hang clothes outdoors instead of using the dryer.
- Use window treatments- Putting window coverings over the larger, sun-exposed areas will reduce and prevent the afternoon buildup of heat.
- Use fans in your home- This will maximize airflow throughout your house. Positioning many different kinds of fans throughout your home will make a big difference in the comfort and feel of the air inside.
- Test your unit- Turn it on. Make sure it is actually working. Check the flow in the vents, and feel if the air is cool.
Call a professional HVAC company for help with:
- A programmable thermostat- One of the most effective things you can do to help with your energy bill is to have a programmable thermostat installed. The latest technology makes it easy to customize your air conditioning schedule even when you’re away from home.
- Air Conditioning Unit service and inspection- Call a professional to perform a tune-up on the AC unit. A technician will completely inspect the unit in your home. They will make notes of any issues or potential problems and discuss them with you.
- Consider an Upgrade- if your HVAC system does not sufficiently cool your home, it may be time to invest in a new unit. Your old one may actually be costing you more money due to its inefficiency. Newer systems will be more effective and are made to be more energy efficient
Following these tips will prepare you and your Air Conditioning unit for the summer ahead. Although simple, these steps can make a huge difference when it comes to your AC unit. You can save money and avoid unexpected problems by taking the time now. Rely on the professionals at One Stop Heating & Air Conditioning for all air conditioning inspections, tuneup, repairs, and new installations. Call today at (801) 355-9500.