Summer may feel like it’s still a few months away. But before you blink, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is running frequently to maintain cool temperatures. It’s smart to prep for the extra usage before temperatures really start to climb.
Knochelmann Service Experts and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to maximize your system’s energy efficiency and trustworthiness. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are a lot of other steps you can take 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 be concerned, you won’t have to disassemble your system and clean every part. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the area around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We suggest:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping surrounding 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 full of dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to provide the same level of cool air. In extreme cases, it might stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the likelihood 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
Regularly replacing your air filter is crucial for your air conditioner’s health. During a maintenance visit, our pros examine filters and put in new ones if needed. Installing a new filter is quick and simple. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The type of filter you use.
- If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters usually last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re not sure 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 trap dust, pollen and other pollutants from your residence’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will decrease your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Sometimes a clogged filter could even damage your system or cause it to stop working. Frequently changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
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 relieve symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a great time to check other important parts of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you rely on a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s working like it should. If the batteries are running low, change them.
For more control and convenience, think over getting a smart thermostat. They make using less energy simpler. And a few models can even notify you if there’s a situation with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs replacement.
Despite the fact 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. Ensuring they still have juice offers peace of mind and an additional layer of protection.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to increase energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outside heat seeping into your residence. Using good window treatments such as blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting interior temperatures.
Here are several other methods to keep your home cold without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Run your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents uncovered to ensure proper airflow.
- Install caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Trust Knochelmann Service Experts for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our checklist will help your air conditioner operate smoother this summer. But the best way you can boost efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Likely cheaper cooling costs.
- Possibly lengthening your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty ongoing.
Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Get in touch with the heating and cooling Experts at Knochelmann Service Experts today! Contact us at 859-905-0834 to request your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.