4 Tips to Prep for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.

Stevenson Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional expertise goes a long way, but there are a lot of other tasks you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner

Don’t fret, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every part. Our Experts handle this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.

But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:

    • Clearing 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 open room on all sides around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to give the same level of comfort. In bad cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.

2. Put in a New Air Filter

Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a service visit, our specialists inspect filters and put in new ones if needed. Installing a new filter is quick and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!

How often you need to install a new filter depends on:

    • The style of filter you use.
    • If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
    • 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 requires replacement, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.

Filters remove dust, pollen and other contaminants from your house’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will affect your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.

In some situations a clogged filter might even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.

If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.

3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a great time to check other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running out, change them.

For added control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make using less energy easier. And select models can even tell you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.

Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work delivers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.

4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs

One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of exterior heat seeping into your home. Using premium window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from affecting indoor temperatures.

Here are a couple other ways to keep your residence cold without adjusting the thermostat:

    • Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
    • Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
    • Keep air vents clean to ensure ample airflow.
    • Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Rely on Stevenson Service Experts for Experienced Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our checklist will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:

    • Headache-free cooling.
    • Likely reduced cooling expenses.
    • Potentially extending your air conditioner’s life span.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.

Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Stevenson Service Experts right away! Contact us at 614-334-3192 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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