In the middle of a hot Texas summer, the last thing you want to experience is your air conditioning system not working. The best way to avoid potential issues with your system is to have preventive maintenance performed on a regular basis, and stick to a maintenance routine at home. The following are some tips on how to maintain your air conditioning system this summer:
Check your filters
This is something we can’t stress enough. Why? Because it is easy to do and may have a major impact on your family’s health and the longevity of your system. We recommend changing your filter every 30-60 days. Never go more than 90 days without changing your filter. Filters may need to be replaced more often, depending on your home’s environment. If you smoke or have pets, your filters will fill up faster. You can check to see if your filters are full by holding them up to a light. If light passes through the filter easily, wait another 15 days and then check again.
Ensure proper airflow inside your home
Airflow is vital for efficient cooling and maintaining a comfortable temperature. Make sure that air vents are not blocked by any obstructions such as furniture, curtains, wall treatments or decor. A ceiling fan can help with circulating air, and the wind chill will make the room feel cooler without requiring as much energy from your system.
Keep your outside unit free of debris
Check your outside unit for dirt, leaves, wind-blown trash, or weeds that might be growing up around it. Keep the space around your unit clear so that it can pull in the air it needs to keep your indoor air at a comfortable temperature.
Clean your outdoor condenser
A dirty outside unit can cause your system to work harder. While nothing beats a professional cleaning, turning your system off and running a garden hose over your unit can help between scheduled maintenance. If you notice a broken condenser fan or any other condenser damage it’s time to call in an A#1 Air professional.
Get a smart thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable or smart thermostat, it’s time to upgrade. Although it is a bit of an initial investment, getting a new thermostat can really save you money in the long run. These will allow you to set your desired temperature around your schedule. Thus, you’ll save money and energy when the home is not in use, and increase the comfort when you are home. Many smart thermostats such as NEST allow you to set your desired temperature from your phone while you are away.
Schedule a tune-up
We recommend having a regularly scheduled tune-up performed by an A#1 Air certified technician, who will thoroughly inspect your system, and point out any potential issues before they turn into major problems. If your system does break down over the summer, don’t panic. Just give us a call.
At A#1 Air, we provide 24/7 emergency repair service. If your system can’t be repaired, we also have some great summer specials and payment plans available for new air conditioning systems.