Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to be ready for the more usage before temperatures heat up.
BW/Cook Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are lots of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prep 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 routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We advise:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of clear space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to give the same level of comfort. In extreme cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner typically runs more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our techs check filters and replace them if needed. Putting in a new filter is fast and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
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 concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Forgetting about it will affect your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter may even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Frequently putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to evaluate other critical components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working right. If the batteries are running low, replace them.
For extra control and convenience, think over getting a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy simpler. And select models can even tell you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
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. Ensuring they still work delivers peace of mind and an additional layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of exterior heat getting into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your house cool without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on 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 uncovered to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on BW/Cook Service Experts for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list 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.
- Likely reduced cooling costs.
- Likely increasing your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at BW/Cook Service Experts today! Call us at 574-218-6404 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.