Summer may seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.
Kingston Home Services by Enercare and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve designed our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are many other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts do this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We advise:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open 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 work harder to deliver the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it may stop working 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 clean air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and typically lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s wellness. During a maintenance visit, our technicians inspect filters and install new ones if required. Replacing the filter is quick and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when you can!
How frequently you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure if your filter needs to be replaced, take it out, and hold it up to the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters catch dust, pollen and other particles from your home’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Forgetting about it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Frequently putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your household has 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 a great time to test other critical pieces of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are getting low, get new ones.
For additional control and convenience, consider getting a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy less complicated. And select models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Despite the fact they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a good time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still work gives peace of mind and an additional layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the amount of exterior heat getting into your residence. Using premium window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from affecting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other approaches to keep your home cold without lowering the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to eliminate heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Kingston Home Services by Enercare for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner run better this summer. But the wisest way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service involve:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling costs.
- Likely lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Kingston Home Services by Enercare right away! Contact us at 613-817-1591 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.