Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you know it, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s smart to be ready for the more usage before temperatures get warmer.
Pardee Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve created our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional expertise goes a long way, but there are a lot of other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prep for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every component. Our Experts handle this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of clear area 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 run longer to provide the same level of cool air. In severe cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we want to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our techs inspect filters and install new ones if needed. Putting in a new filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How frequently you need to install a new 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. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your house’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Neglecting it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Test Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to test other essential pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s running like it should. If the batteries are running low, replace them.
For extra control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make using less energy easier. And a few models can even tell you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they still have juice gives peace of mind and an extra layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outside heat getting into your home. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are a couple other methods to keep your residence cool without adjusting the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Add caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Pardee Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Potentially lower cooling bills.
- Likely increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Pardee Service Experts today! Reach us at 843-410-6103 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.