Spring is in full bloom, and with it comes the tradition of deep cleaning your home. Most spring cleaning to-do-lists lack one extremely important task, and that is prepping your air conditioner for the cooling season. If you don’t know how or where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. The list provided below will guide you through the process of readying your air conditioner for the summer.
The Air Filter
The filter in your air conditioner stops airborne particles and allergens from polluting your home. If you don’t change the filter on a regular basis, your home’s air quality will suffer. While poor air quality is reason enough to change your air conditioner’s filter, an overworked unit is another important factor. When the air filter is left dirty, your unit will struggle to cool your home, meaning the system will end-up running for longer periods of time. Not only does this affect its efficiency and your energy bill, but it also shortens the life of your air conditioner. Changing the filter once a month will ensure your air is clean and your unit is running efficiently.
Check the Outside Condenser Unit
During the off-season, branches, leaves and dirt can land on and around your outdoor condenser unit. This can lead to an air flow obstruction. Simply clear the area of all debris before turning your air conditioner on for the summer.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Hiring a HVAC professional to tune-up your air conditioner in the spring before the cooling season starts is always recommended. Your system works hard during the summer and without proper maintenance it can unexpectedly breakdown. A HVAC technician will clean and inspect your unit. If they find any worn-out parts, or possible malfunctions they will alert you to the problem and suggest the appropriate solution. Yearly tune-ups ensure your system is running efficiently and prolongs the life expectancy of your unit.
A properly maintained air conditioner is key to staying cool this summer. If you would like to schedule an A/C tune-up this spring, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.