The Summer is Coming- Time to Get Your AC Ready
With summer nearly here, it is essential that you tend to your A/C unit so that it is prepared to take on the summer heat.
Investing some time now will ensure that everything is in working order and that your system will operate as efficiently as possible.
Not only will getting your air conditioner ready give you peace of mind, the recommended routine maintenance will actually prolong your unit’s lifespan, offering you more cost savings.
Here are some handy tips to follow:
Why do I Need an Inspection?
You can tackle some A/C preventative maintenance, like changing the air filter and cleaning out the condenser unit outside.
But before the really hot season begins, it is advisable to bring in the pros to do a full inspection and maintenance of your unit every year.
Your system is comprised of a number of parts that need to be inspected for wear and tear by a trained eye and cleaned as well.
In addition to making sure that your A/C will function at its best when you need it the most, cleaning your unit will contribute to its energy efficiency.
You’ll save money on your energy bills.
It’s also extra important to have an inspection done if your unit is older, as they are more prone to breakage.
The Thermostat Question
Resist the urge to plunge the thermostat when the heat is rising outdoors.
Set it to 78°F and run your ceiling fan to circulate air and give your unit a break. Every degree you turn it down will only raise your energy consumption and your bills.
Another way to cool your home even more without touching the thermostat is to invest in thick shades or drapes. Keep them closed during the day, when the sun can substantially raise the temperature in a room.
Is it Time to Replace My A/C?
This common question is easily answered. If your unit is between 10-15 years old, there is a good chance that it will need to be replaced.
Signs that you need to replace it right away include:
- an increase in your energy bills
- lack of cool air
- certain areas of your home not getting cooled
- a musty or foul odor coming from the A/C unit
- moisture on or around the unit
If you experience any of these, call for a professional opinion.