Summer has arrived and along with it sweltering heat and
humidity levels. Luckily, your air conditioner is there to help you make it through. How can you make sure it is ready for the start of the summer season?
In addition to distributing dirt, dust, and allergens around your home that negatively impact air quality, dirty home air filters from last season will also force your system to work harder to cool your home, shortening system lifespan and raising your summer energy bills.
Turn on your system (before you need it) and listen for any unusual sounds. Set the temperature, and if the climate in your home doesn’t adjust to this setting, call for HVAC repair service.
It is important to keep many parts of your system cool. If the outdoor components of your system are properly shaded and weeds, grass, and bushes are kept back 2-4 feet away, your AC can dissipate heat better. Likewise, it is important to keep your thermostat in a cool location, out of the sunlight and away from any heat-producing appliances.
Call a pro to clean your condenser coil. This and other system components can be severely damaged when improperly cleaned. The condenser coil releases heat outside in order to cool refrigerant in the system. When it is covered in dirt and debris, it cannot perform this task properly. This causes your system to work much harder, shortening its lifespan, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacement, and raising your energy bills.
Your refrigerant lines (the two copper wires connecting the outside condensing unit to the evaporator coil) should always be properly insulated. The larger line should be covered with black rubber/foam insulation. This insulation helps your system operate at optimal efficiency. If your lines are bare, contact a professional air conditioning service & repair company before summer heat arrives and have this issue addressed.
Homeowners that procrastinate on this inexpensive service are more likely to end up paying for costly 24/7 emergency repairs. Schedule your AC tune-up while taking advantage of the pre-season offers. Having a licensed pro service your system at the start of summer will ensure you stay cool and comfortable throughout the summer season. Professional service also ensures optimal performance, which translates into savings on your monthly energy bill.
A smart thermostat can help you stay cool and save on your monthly energy bills. For every degree you turn up the temperature while you are away you can reduce your energy expenditures up to 8%! Learn more about the best smart thermostat models on the market today and how they can benefit your family. (LINK-TO-RECENT-WHICH-SMART-THERMOSTAT-IS-BEST)