Summer might seem like it’s in the far future away. But before you know it, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working frequently to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s wise to prepare for the extra usage before temperatures heat up.
Rolf Griffin Service Experts and our team of Experts can help. We’ve designed our detailed air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional knowledge goes a long way, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the top ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t be concerned, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the space around your air conditioner will go a long way as well. We suggest:
- Removing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping neighboring grass and plants trimmed back.
- Maintaining at minimum 1 foot of open space on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get full of dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to deliver the same level of cool air. In extreme cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction matter to us, so we like to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.
2. Put in a New Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is critical for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our pros inspect filters and put in new ones if required. Replacing the filter is fast and easy. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!
How frequently you need to install a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. Thicker pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, take it out, and hold it up to the light. Put in 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. Neglecting it will decrease your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to break down. Regularly replacing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more balanced.
If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter or whole-home air purifier can lessen symptoms.
3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to evaluate other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you use a programmable thermostat, ensure that it’s operating like it should. If the batteries are running out, replace them.
For additional control and convenience, consider getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And some models can even alert you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure they still work delivers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Where it Belongs
One of the wisest ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the level of exterior heat coming into your house. Using premium window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can stop the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other ways to keep your home cold without adjusting the thermostat:
- Turn on ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Use your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Rely on Rolf Griffin Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our list will help your air conditioner cool smoother this summer. But the smartest way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service entail:
- Stress-free cooling.
- Possibly cheaper cooling bills.
- Possibly increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Rolf Griffin Service Experts now! Contact us at 260-557-1275 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.