It’s that time of year again. Summer is getting closer, and temperatures are climbing. You’re relying on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. How can you be sure it will keep working when you most need it?
Routine maintenance will get your cooling system ready for the hottest part of the year. Follow these steps to prepare your air conditioner for summer weather.
Change Air Filters
Your HVAC system will not be effective if your air filters are dirty. Clogged air filters interfere with airflow. Your air conditioner will need to work harder to keep you cool, leading to increased energy bills. Your indoor air quality is also affected by dirty air filters. Poor indoor air quality can have negative health effects. Change your filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Clean Condenser Coils
If your condenser coils are dirty, the buildup can cause poor airflow. Insufficient airflow will reduce the performance of your cooling system. Clear away any plants, fallen leaves, and other debris around your air conditioner’s outdoor unit. Cleaning the condenser coils is particularly important if the outdoor unit was not covered during the winter.
Keep Vents Clear
Like clogged air filters, blocked vents will create poor airflow in your home. Your energy bills will be higher because your air conditioner will not run efficiently. Poor airflow also places additional strain on the air conditioner’s blower, increasing wear and tear.
Have Your HVAC System Inspected
You can reduce your energy costs by as much as 15% by having your cooling system serviced each year.* You’ll also be aware of any repairs your air conditioner needs and can address them before they become more serious.
The last thing you want is for your cooling system to break down in hot weather. With these tips, your air conditioner will be ready for summer.