How To Get Your Air Conditioning Summer Ready
While the summer heat may not have arrived yet here in Trenton, it will be here soon enough. The trick is to make sure that you have taken steps in order to prepare your air conditioning to take on the summer heat.
Will You Be Ready?
Before it is time to turn that AC on and leave it on, some steps to take include:
It sounds like a simple and trivial task but changing the filters is an important job to do. This should actually be done monthly, especially during times of peak use. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and eventually block the flow of air completely. The good news is that this is a task that is easy to do and the part is not expensive.
Clear the area around your outside condenser. It is easy for overgrowth from nearby bushes and shrubs to crop up; it is the out of sight, out of mind problem. Debris from nearby trees can fall in and affect this unit, as well as a number of other things. Keep an eye on this area and clean it up each spring for optimal performance from your cooling system.
This is the perfect time to make the switch from a standard thermostat to a programmable one. Doing this makes your system more user-friendly, plus it makes your system more energy-efficient. That will lower your cooling costs and make your household more environmentally responsible.
One of the most overlooked tasks is checking for ductwork leaks. The older your HVAC system gets, the more likely it is to have leaks in the ductwork. Take for example a duct system leaking just 20% of cooled air causes your air conditioning to work 50% harder. That not only causes your energy bills to skyrocket, it puts extra strain on your AC. That means more frequent repair needs and the need to replace your system much sooner.
Call Parham Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric, LLC for your service needs, or just for more suggestions about how to better prepare your system for hot weather.