Summer may feel like it’s in the far future away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running around the clock to maintain comfy temperatures. It’s beneficial to prepare for the increased usage before temperatures heat up.
Jack Nelson Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve designed our all-inclusive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are lots of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the best ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t fret, you won’t have to dismantle your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your yearly air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We advise:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of free room on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to provide the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it may stop cooling altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A well-maintained air conditioner typically operates more efficiently, is less likely to malfunction and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Regularly replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s health. During a tune-up visit, our pros inspect filters and replace them if necessary. Putting in a new filter is quick and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How frequently you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters typically last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, remove it, and angle it toward the light. Put in a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a blocked filter might even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Often changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can relieve symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to evaluate other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s working correctly. If the batteries are running out, change them.
For added control and convenience, think over installing a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy easier. And a few models can even alert you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Even though they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they’re still good delivers peace of mind and an added layer of safety.
4. Keep Heat Outside
One of the best ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to decrease the level of outside heat getting into your house. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from impacting your home’s temperatures.
Here are a couple other ways to keep your home cold without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents clean to ensure proper airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Jack Nelson Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely reduced cooling expenses.
- Possibly extending your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Jack Nelson Service Experts now! Call us at 918-212-8927 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.