With summer in full swing, you will likely find yourself relying on your home’s air conditioner frequently to keep you and your family cool. In order to ensure that your HVAC system is ready to face the summer heat, it is important that you perform the proper maintenance, as this will reduce the chances of your air conditioner breaking down on you when you need it most. To help ensure your comfort in the coming weeks, here is a look at just a few steps that you should take to service your air conditioner.
Replace the Filter
The easiest place to start when servicing your air conditioner is by replacing your air filter (or cleaning it if you have a reusable filter), as this is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system. Depending on the filter you use, and the requirements of your HVAC system, it is important that you replace your AC filter every 1-3 months during the high-use summer season. If you let your filter become full of dust, dirt, and other contaminants, not only can this reduce the air quality in your home, but it can also reduce airflow to your air conditioner, causing it to work harder to cool your home. Not only will this reduce efficiency, leading to increased energy bills, but it also puts an unnecessary strain on your air conditioner, which can cause your system to breakdown prematurely. This makes it critical that you replace your air filter frequently.
Clean the Outside Unit
Another simple step that you can take to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency is to make sure that your outdoor unit is free from debris. Over time, things like leaves, dirt, and grass clippings can build up on the outside of your air conditioner, which can significantly reduce airflow. This can cause added wear-and-tear that can add to the cost of repairing and maintaining your HVAC system. In addition to removing any debris that is present, it can be helpful to trim any trees and bushes near or above your air conditioning unit to reduce the chance of debris falling on it.
Consider Scheduling a Service Call
Of course, the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for a coming heatwave would be to schedule a service call to have maintenance performed on your air conditioner. Having an experienced HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner can ensure that it is in peak operating condition. This will also allow an HVAC technician to find and repair any problems with your air conditioner before they lead to more costly damage, helping to save you money in the long run.
Contact us to schedule an HVAC inspection as well as to find out more about steps that you can take to ensure that your air conditioner runs efficiently this summer.