After our surprisingly mild winter, the transition into warmer weather doesn’t seem like much of a transition at all. However, that doesn’t mean you can skip summer preparations this year. Your home and appliances need to be maintained for the changing seasons.
The first step is to make sure everything is clean. Make sure indoor and outdoor coils are free of dust and dirt. Dirty coils cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the unit. Also, even if you kept your compressor unit covered over winter, make sure the inside is clean and free of leaves, dirt and other debris.
Make sure the outdoor air compressor unit is clear of any vegetation. Plants and bushes should be kept at least a foot away from the unit, and any grass near the unit should be kept short. Plants, weeds and grass all contribute to a reduced airflow, making your unit run less efficiently.
One measure you should take throughout the year is properly maintaining the filter. Just like your furnace, your air conditioning unit has a filter that needs to be replaced. Energy Star recommends cleaning or replacing air filters once a month. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment.
Ensure that you’re only using the amount of air conditioning that you really need. It doesn’t need to be working as hard when no one is home, so set it accordingly. Consider installing a programmable thermostat. It will automatically adjust at the times that work best for you, so you don’t have to worry about checking it every day. Not only will this increase the life of your unit, but you will be able to see considerable savings on your energy bills.
As always, to guarantee that you’re getting the most out of your air conditioning system at the lowest cost, make an appointment with Blind & Sons. We can service every component of your system, as well as recommend ways to keep your system running at the highest efficiency possible. Take these steps to ensure a happy, comfortable summer.
Sources: Energy Star, Clarke Contractors