Watching Those Filters

Get Ready For Summer: Maintaining Your Air Conditioning System To Run Efficiently

As the weather begins to warm up, it's time to start thinking about your home air conditioning system. When your system has sat dormant for a number of months, it will need to be serviced in order to make sure it runs efficiently this summer. Leaves, sticks, and other yard debris may have built up around your outdoor unit, which will need to be cleaned up before your system starts running for the season. In addition, you will want to have an HVAC technician come to your home and service your unit, changing out air filters, and making sure your system is running at maximum efficiency.

Removing Dirt and Debris from the Outside of the Unit

During the winter months, the harsh winds will blow all kinds of debris up against your air conditioning unit. When your system starts running, the outside of the unit should be cleared so that the air conditioning can get the air that it needs to run efficiently. You can wait for the air conditioning tech to do this work for you, or you can clear away the debris on your own to reduce the time the technician will spend at your home and potentially reduce the cost of your repair.

Call Early for a Technician to Come to Your Home

When you call earlier in the season, it will be easier for a technician to make it out to your home before the cooling season starts. Once technicians get busy with repair calls, it's harder to get someone out to your home to get routine maintenance done. 

Pay Attention When Air Filters Are Changed

If you aren't sure how to change out your air filters, pay attention to the technician when they are changing the filters. You will want to change your air filters once a month during periods of heavy use so that your system gets adequate air in order to run efficiently. 

As you get ready for the hot weather that is coming, pay attention to the various air ducts throughout your home to make sure they aren't blocked. Look for areas where the air flow in your home is blocked. Once your system is running, use ceiling fans to keep the air circulating through your home. When you can maintain a more even temperature, your AC system won't have to work as hard in order to keep your home cool in the hot summer months.