Summer AC Maintenance
The summer months can bring about extreme hot temperatures and the need to use your air conditioner to keep cool while inside your house. While a break from the heat is needed, it’s important that your air conditioning system is in working order. The following are a few tips for summer air conditioning maintenance to help be sure you can stay cool all summer.
Routine maintenance checks are the first step in making sure your air conditioning system is in the best shape to get you through the summer. Be sure to have a maintenance technician check your unit prior to summer so any repairs or issues can be taken care of.
Keep Air Filter Clean and Change When Needed
Another tip for summer air conditioning maintenance is to keep your air filter clean from debris. This can help reduce the amount of energy your system is using by 15-20%. Also changing your air filter on a regular basis will also help your system run smoothly.
Keep the Area Around the Unit Clean
Keeping the area around your air conditioning unit clean and free of plants and other vegetation will allow the unit to pull in the air easier. If you have trees near your unit, keep the leaves raked consistently. Clear out any bushes or other plants that might be too close or covering your unit.
Keep Air Ducts Clean
The air ducts in your system need to be clean and functioning in order to circulate the air throughout the system and into your home. Having them routinely cleaning and checked for concerns will keep them working properly and prevent leaks. It is best for a professional to clean the air ducts as they are experienced and knowledgeable to do the job.
As tempting as it might be to want to turn down the temperature on your thermostat when you come in from the heat, do so in a gradual manner. Decreasing the temperature at a rapid rate and then increasing it or changing it frequently can cause the air conditioning system to overwork and cause problems. If you know you will be out in the heat, set your thermostat to a lower temperature so that you are not tempted to change it drastically when you come inside. That way you can cool off and turn the air down more should you need to.