HVACSummer is right around the corner, and most Americans will soon be cranking up their air conditioners to fight the heat. But before you turn on the air, you need to make sure your system is in tip-top shape. Under normal circumstances, your heating and cooling needs make up around 43% of your monthly utility bill. But if you’re in need of critical HVAC repairs, those operating costs will be much higher. Worst of all, you may find yourself in the middle of a heat wave without any help from your residential cooling system! That’s why it’s better to be certain that your cooling system is problem-free before summer sets in. Here are just three steps to follow to get your unit ready for those dog days of summer.

Step 1: Change your AC filter
In general, your HVAC filters should be changed every three months or sometimes more often. But since your AC unit has probably been dormant since last summer, it’s likely a new filter is long-overdue. When filters become dirty and clogged, they make your unit work way harder than necessary. That extra energy expenditure will translate into something no one wants to deal with: sky-high bills. You don’t want to run your air conditioner with a dirty filter, so change it out first.

Step 2: Clear the condenser and around the unit
Your AC condenser works by sucking in air from the outside. But along with that air, the condenser often gathers dust, debris, leaves, lawn clippings, pollen, insects, and more. That will muck up your system and keep it from running to full capacity. You’ll need to clean the condenser’s base and clear the drain (if applicable). You’ll also want to pull any weeds or vines that are around the condenser that could impact the flow of air. Finally, you should make sure the entire unit is clear of leaves, branches, or other obstructions.

Step 3: Call a professional
After you’ve done a bit of light cleaning, you’ll want to contact an HVAC technician to schedule your seasonal inspection. It can be difficult to ascertain whether your system is running at full capacity on your own, but an expert will know exactly what to look for. You’ll be able to assess little problems before they become huge issues, which can save you money and reduce stress in the long run. And even if everything is in good working order, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that you’ll stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

Don’t delay on getting your residential cooling system ready for summer. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment for cleaning or repairs, contact Jones Heating and Air today.