Summer may seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you know it, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling frequently to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the extra usage before temperatures heat up.
D.A. Bennett Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve designed our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional experience 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 get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every component. Our Experts do this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of clear room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to deliver the same level of cooling. In severe cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we prefer minimizing the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A clean air conditioner generally runs more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and often lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our professionals inspect filters and install new ones if necessary. Replacing the filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How regularly you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and tilt it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will impact your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to check other important pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, check that it’s operating correctly. If the batteries are running low, get new ones.
For added control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy less complicated. And select models can even alert you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although 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 security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the wisest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outdoor heat coming into your house. Using good window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your home cool without lowering the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure adequate airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust D.A. Bennett Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner operate better this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service include:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely lower cooling expenses.
- Likely extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at D.A. Bennett Service Experts today! Reach us at 518-205-3324 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.