When the summers come, there is one thing that we all dread, and that is the breakdown of AC. Nevertheless, if you timely prepare your AC for the summer season, there is nothing to fret over. Barring any minor trouble, the air conditioner should see you through even the hottest of days with relative ease.
Pretty sure some of you will be wondering what we mean by “preparing” the AC. Don’t worry. You don’t have to become a technician. It just involves a few tasks that you can do, and enlightening you about these tricks is the goal of this article.
Top 4 Tips To Prepare For Air Conditioning Season
Before starting, let us be clear on one thing, these tricks do not do away with the need for AC maintenance. If you want a reliable cooling system, air conditioning service or maintenance is mandatory. Let us now proceed with our handy and valuable tips:
1. Clean All Visible Parts Of The AC – Often, we clean everything but leave the AC. Why is that? Dust and grime accumulate on all surfaces, so even the AC is not free from it. Often, the outside dust slowly finds its way inside the unit, and that is when all the trouble starts. Throughout the winter season, the AC lay dormant and collected dirt. Now that the time is coming closer when the AC will be working full time, it is best to clean the unit properly. The more thoroughly you do it, the better it is. Nevertheless, since you are not an HVAC technician, we advise you just to clean the exterior portion of the AC. A trained HVAC technician should only clean the interior components, which will, typically, be a part of the air conditioning service or maintenance regime.
Once the outer parts of the AC are clean, the chances of the inside components getting dirty diminishes. While at it, check the outdoor unit. If any bushes are growing very close to it or if there are any pile-ups of dead leaves or other debris, clean them up. The immediate area around the outdoor unit should be absolutely clean as it allows the unit to transfer the captured heat outdoors with relative ease.
2. Replace The Air Filters – The job of the air filters is to clean the air that passes through. It captures all the dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and even micro-organisms. When these contaminants are removed from circulation, the air you breathe while indoors becomes clean and healthy. Quite often, homeowners forget to change the air filters. As a rule, if you do it before switching on your AC for the first time during the season, it will be the best. Let us go into a bit of detail. The insides of the AC collected dust when it was idle. Some micro-organisms may have also made their home inside it. When you switch on the AC with a dirty air filter, it picks up all the contaminants inside it and adds to the already dirty air passing through. As a result, the indoor air quality deteriorates even further.
You should ideally replace the air filters every month. If you feel they are still clean even after a month, inspect them periodically to see when they start appearing dirty. Use that timeframe as a benchmark to replace them. As we mentioned, if you have not changed the air filter before the hot season starts, do so before switching on the AC.
3. Inspect Thermostat – The thermostat fixed on the wall in your house is the communication device between you and your cooling system. If the thermostat batteries die or its connections become loose, your AC will stop working. If it happens during the hot season, you are in for a miserable day. The best thing to do is to proactively check that its batteries are fresh and that it is well secured on the wall. While at it, check that the smoke detector batteries too have sufficient juice. If not, switch them out with fresh ones.
Taking these precautions well before the starting of the summer will ensure that you can relax indoors without any interruptions in cooling. Also, make sure that you program the thermostat to counter the heat of the day appropriately. Programmable thermostats are best for such times.
4. Prevent Heat From Seeping Indoors – Often enough, the AC has to work long and hard unnecessarily. For example, in the absence of drapes or coverings on the windows and poor insulation, the heat from outdoors seeps in continuously. No matter how hard the AC works, it cannot maintain cool interiors due to the continuous mixing of outdoor air.
If you want to give your AC the best chance to cool your house to the best of its capability, you need to invest in heavy drapes or blinds. It will keep out the sunlight and therefore prevent unnecessary heating. Also, if there are cracks in the door and windows, seal them. These small things will keep the cold air indoors and the hot air outdoors.
Preventive Air Conditioning Service Or Maintenance Before Starting The AC
If you want minimal trouble from your AC, our best piece of advice is – schedule its preventive maintenance right before you switch it on for the first time in the season and right after the last use when you switch to heating.
The AC is a part of your home. When you take care of everything that is yours, why leave the AC? In summers, your indoor comfort will largely depend on it. Keeping the unit clean, changing the air filters, etc., will keep the cooling system humming in satisfaction. You need to do your best to give your AC a fair chance at a long and productive life, and these tips are just a way to ensure that.
If you have not yet scheduled the maintenance of your AC, contact Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputed HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. Our skilled team of technicians can perform a variety of HVAC jobs like installations, repairs, and maintenance. If you need any HVAC-related service, reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452 for quality HVAC services at an affordable rate. We would be glad to help you. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can contact us at your leisure. We are looking forward to serving you in any capacity we can.