Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be moving from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working around the clock to maintain cozy temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the additional usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Peitz Service Experts 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 experience goes a long way, but there are lots of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every part. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We recommend:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding grass and plants clipped back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can influence performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to give the same level of cool air. In severe cases, it might stop running altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the need for repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually runs more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our professionals check filters and install new ones 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 install a new filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually 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 angle it toward the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will lower your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, ask our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can help.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to evaluate other important components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think about installing a smart thermostat. They make saving energy easier. And a few models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
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. Making sure they’re still good gives peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the concentration of outdoor heat coming into your residence. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are a few other ways to keep your house cool without adjusting the thermostat:
- Use ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents uncovered to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Peitz Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently this summer. But the wisest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service include:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly lower cooling expenses.
- Potentially increasing your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Peitz Service Experts now! Contact us at 605-223-0307 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.