Summer might seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s beneficial to prepare for the additional usage before temperatures get warmer.
Matz-Rightway and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve designed our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional knowledge 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 get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts do this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We suggest:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at least 1 foot of free space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run more often to deliver the same level of cooling. In bad cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we want to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally operates more efficiently, is less likely to need repairs and typically lasts longer.
2. Replace Your Air Filter
Routinely replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a service visit, our techs examine filters and install new ones if needed. Installing a new filter is speedy and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to replace your filter depends on:
- The kind of filter you use.
- If someone in your household has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you don’t know if your filter needs to be replaced, pull it out, and angle it toward the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other pollutants from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Forgetting about it will impact your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter can even damage your system or cause it to break down. Often replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more consistent.
If someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can help.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is the perfect time to evaluate other essential parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, check that it’s running correctly. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For additional control and convenience, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy much more convenient. And some models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacing.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Confirming they’re still good offers peace of mind and an extra layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of outdoor heat coming into your house. Using good window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can keep the sun from impacting indoor temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your house cool without turning down 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 unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Matz-Rightway for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner run more efficiently this summer. But the smartest way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some benefits of this service entail:
- Headache-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling bills.
- Potentially lengthening your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepared for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Matz-Rightway now! Reach us at 631-406-9220 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.