After a hot, summer day spent outside, fewer things feel better than the cool breeze that instantly welcomes you when you walk through your door. All of a sudden your home starts feeling stuffy, you turn on the fans and they don’t seem to be helping. Uh oh, your A/C is on the fritz. Our air conditioning units do a lot for us during the hottest months of the year and sadly, don’t receive enough TLC to make it through the summer. To guide you through the process, here is the ultimate homeowner’s guide for preparing A/C units for its busy season.
Work From the Outside In
First, start off with the basics. The next time you’re outside, take a minute to inspect the compressor outside of your home. This unit is responsible for collecting fresh air and cooling it down to a specific temperature. Therefore, it is essential that any debris such as leaves, branches, or even long grass be cleared from its surrounding area. We recommend maintaining a two-foot debris-free zone around your compressor to ensure it can take in as much air as possible. And because this component of your unit is vital to your comfort, be sure to have it checked out during your routine HVAC inspection.
Freshening Up Indoors
Did you know air filters should be changed every month during the summer? Because air conditioners are used much more frequently over the summer, filters collect so much more dust, allergens, and other particles that not only affect the efficiency of HVAC units but the air quality too. By replacing air filters regularly, homeowners can enjoy fresher air indoors and a lower energy bill. Another aspect of an HVAC unit homeowners should keep in mind are the vents. Vents should be routinely checked out for visible grime and cleaned when necessary. Like dirty filters, dusty vents disrupt airflow and cause A/C systems to run at subpar levels. While inspecting vents, look for any leaks and/or blockages. HVAC units run the best when free of any kind of debris. In fact, blockages in the system can drop its efficiency by 15%. By following these simple steps, you can keep your system running smoothly and save money.
Other ways homeowners can cut costs are by not overusing their air conditioning units. By keeping sunlight out of the home during the day and using standing or ceiling fans to help keep cool air moving throughout the house, energy bills will come down and the lifespan of the HVAC system will go up. More ways to save are investing in programmable thermostats or controllers. These days, homeowners can schedule when they want their air conditioning to run. Some systems can even be controlled from a smartphone. Not running the air conditioning when a house is empty helps HVAC units avoid overuse and keeps energy costs down.
Maintenance and Repairs
Like any piece of equipment, maintenance and repairs are bound to happen. When you think your A/C is not running as smoothly as it should be, it’s best to call your local TemperaturePro HVAC technicians for an inspection. An inspection is a full investigation of how your HVAC system is working and makes sure there are no issues. Scheduling inspections twice a year helps spot minor issues before they become seriously expensive ones. To help you stay on track, consider opting for TemperaturePro’s ProPlan Maintenance Program removes all the pressure off of you. Through this program, we offer two yearly inspections for a discounted cost. Let us worry about your HVAC system so you can focus on making memories this summer.