Spring may have just begun, but it’ll be summer before you know it. If you want to stay cool in summer — a necessity for most Americans, as nearly two-thirds of all U.S. homes have air conditioners — you need to get ready ahead of time. By prepping your AC unit this spring, you’ll be able to ensure good air quality and address problems before they get worse. A residential cooling system technician can help you get your AC unit in excellent working order before the temperature heats up. But if you want to handle some of the prep work yourself, be sure to follow these five easy steps.
- Clear off debris
First, you should clear off dirt, debris, and branches from your AC unit outside. You may not think it’s a big deal, but air conditioners work much less efficiently when things become trapped under or around them. And when AC units run less efficiently, that usually translates into higher energy bills. You can also take this opportunity to do a quick once-over and make sure nothing on the unit looks damaged. Since winter weather can take a toll, this initial visual inspection can be your first clue you might need some repairs.
- Change the filter
Your HVAC filters should be changed regularly, and spring is the perfect time to do so. If you’re an allergy sufferer, this is particularly important. When plants and trees start to bloom, your symptoms will probably kick into high gear. You may be able to ease your discomfort by using a higher quality filter to trap pollen more effectively. But even just changing out the out filter will improve the air quality in your home. The last thing you want is for your family to breathe in constantly circulating dust and dander.
- Clean the ducts
If changing the filter hasn’t helped in the past, you may be overdue for a duct cleaning. A professional duct cleaning can make your AC unit work a lot more efficiently, which means your air will be cooler and your bills will be lower. When your ducts are filled with debris, your system has to work harder to do its job, so you’ll probably find you’ll reduce your energy use overall. But more than that, your air quality will undoubtedly improve, which will help your family stay healthy.
- Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help you keep your energy bills low and your home more comfortable throughout the year. But it can really help in summertime, when it’s tempting to keep the air conditioning cranked up all day and night. It can help you keep your home cool when you need it most and can save you money when you are at work or school. That way, you don’t have to compromise on comfort or cost.
- Schedule an inspection
The best way to ensure your air conditioner is in good working order for the summer ahead? Schedule your annual inspection. Your technician can identify potential issues or recommend necessary repairs before summer really hits. And if you need an entirely new system, it’s better to find out sooner rather than later. Don’t get caught in a heatwave without working AC!
Whether you need cleaning, repairs, or replacement on your HVAC system, Jones Heating and Air is here to keep your home more comfortable. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about our services, contact us today.