Summer may feel like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to prep for the increased usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Niagara Home Services by Enercare and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve made our detailed 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 fret, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings 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 nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can impact performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of comfort. In extreme cases, it could stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we prefer minimizing the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally cools more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a maintenance visit, our specialists examine filters and replace them if necessary. Replacing the filter is fast and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- 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, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow clean. Forgetting about 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 stop working. Often putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your household is dealing with allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, check with our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to test other essential components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are getting low, change them.
For added control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And some models can even notify you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Despite the fact 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. Ensuring they’re still good offers peace of mind and an extra layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of outside heat getting into your residence. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from affecting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a couple other ways to keep your house cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Niagara Home Services by Enercare for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling costs.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Niagara Home Services by Enercare today! Contact us at 289-273-2229 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.