Summer might seem like it’s still a few months away. But before you realize, you’ll be switching from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is working regularly to maintain cool temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the extra usage before temperatures get warmer.
Gordon's Service Experts and our team of Experts can provide support. We’ve designed our detailed air conditioning memberships to boost your system’s energy efficiency and dependability. Our professional experience 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 top ways you can get ready for air conditioning season.
1. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Don’t worry, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every part. Our Experts take care of this during your routine air conditioning maintenance appointment.
But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way also. We advise:
- Getting rid of twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
- Keeping nearby grass and plants cut back.
- Maintaining no less than 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner’s fins get blocked by dirt or yard refuse, this can affect performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to deliver the same level of cooling. In extreme cases, it could stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.
Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority, so we prefer minimizing the need for repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner usually operates more efficiently, is less likely to break down and usually lasts longer.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Frequently replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a tune-up visit, our professionals check filters and replace them if needed. Putting in a new filter is speedy and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own when possible!
How often you need to get a new filter depends on:
- The style of filter you use.
- If someone in your home has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
- If you have pets.
Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. Deeper pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter should be replaced, remove it, and hold it up to the light. Replace it if you can’t see light through it.
Filters remove dust, pollen and other particles from your house’s air, keeping airflow healthy. Disregarding it will lower your residence’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.
In some instances a clogged filter can even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly changing it will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.
If someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can lessen symptoms.
3. Check Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors
Now is a good time to check other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.
If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s operating right. If the batteries are getting low, change them.
For extra control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make saving energy simpler. And a few models can even notify you if there’s trouble with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.
Despite the fact they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to inspect the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still have juice delivers peace of mind and an added layer of security.
4. Keep Heat Outdoors
One of the smartest ways to enhance energy-efficient cooling is to reduce the amount of outdoor heat getting into your home. Using quality window treatments including blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from influencing your home’s temperatures.
Here are several other approaches to keep your house chilly without turning down the thermostat:
- Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
- Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
- Keep air vents unobstructed to ensure ample airflow.
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.
Depend on Gordon's Service Experts for Skilled Air Conditioning Maintenance
Our guide will help your air conditioner cool more efficiently this summer. But the best way you can improve efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some pluses of this service involve:
- Worry-free cooling.
- Possibly lower cooling expenses.
- Potentially extending your air conditioner’s life span.
- Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty valid.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for this summer! Contact the heating and cooling Experts at Gordon's Service Experts right away! Contact us at 405-432-2197 to schedule your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.