Summer is fast approaching here in Wilmington. If you haven’t already turned on your air conditioner, it’s about to be that time. And when the temperatures become unbearable outdoors, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to fail. By tuning up your air conditioner, you are sure to stay cool and comfortable all summer long.
Change the Filter
The air filter in your air conditioner filters out dirt, dust and other debris. In order to keep your air conditioner running efficiently, and your air clean, the filter needs to be changed periodically. It is often recommended to change the filter every one to three months. When your unit is working more, the filter should be changed closer to every month. If it’s been a while since your last change, now is the perfect time to do it.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Cleaning around the outdoor unit at least once a year is a must. Clear away old leaves and trim back plants. Make sure nothing is leaning against the unit. Before you clean the unit itself, make sure that it is powered down. Clean the fan and the grill thoroughly. Next, clean the fins of the condenser and dry them carefully. When finished, you can replace the fan and grill.
Programmable thermostats can improve the efficiency of your air conditioner by upwards of 30%. You can preprogram the temperatures to what you want at any specific time of day. Set the temperature to your ideal temperature when you are home. To help reduce energy costs, you can set the temperature to 7 to 10 degrees higher when your away from the house or while you are sleeping. Smart thermostats allow you to control the thermostat from your smartphone.
Call in a Professional
Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential to ensuring the efficiency, and the life, of your unit. An annual maintenance check by a professional air conditioner technician will help to spot any areas that could potentially cause trouble. A professional technician offers you numerous benefits. For one, it can prevent small problems from becoming huge, expensive ones. It can extend the life of your air conditioner, allowing you to get the most out of your investment. By keeping your air conditioner running efficiently, a professional can help you to keep your energy bills lower. And, of course, a professional can help you to avoid unwanted breakdowns, especially when you need your air conditioner the most.
A proper AC tune up will ensure that your unit runs efficiently all summer long. Whether you’re in need of a tune up or repairs, Brinson and Sons is here to help. Call today to schedule your appointment!