Summer may seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Rob's Albertan Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve created our detailed air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are a lot 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 take apart your system and clean every part. Our Experts do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area 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 neighboring grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of free room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it could stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we like to minimize the likelihood of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our pros examine filters and replace them if necessary. Putting in a new filter is speedy and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How frequently you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, pull it out, and tilt it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Neglecting it will impact your house’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some situations a blocked filter can even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Often putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to check other essential parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s operating right. If the batteries are running out, get new ones.
For more control and convenience, think over upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And some models can even tell you if there’s an issue with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice gives peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of exterior heat seeping into your home. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other methods to keep your residence cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Rob's Albertan Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide 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:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling bills.
- Possibly extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Rob's Albertan Service Experts today! Contact us at 780-800-9047 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.