Prepare Your AC for the Cooling Season

Hot and muggy weather is just around the corner so if you haven’t already, now is a good time to start thinking about preparing your home’s air conditioning unit for steady use. If comfort, cost, and energy savings are important to you, read on.

Clean Up Around the Unit
To ensure the air conditioning unit in your home is ready to perform come the first sign of warm weather, there are a few simple things you can do. The first step is to ensure the condenser is clean and free of any debris. Loose leaves, grass, dust, dead insects, and other matter can accumulate on the unit’s coils and cause it to work harder and wear out sooner. If after inspecting the unit, you see it could use some attention, turn off the power to the air conditioning system. Then be sure to remove any debris and excess plant growth from the surrounding area. With a garden hose, gently spray from the top of the coils towards the bottom of the unit to wash away any remaining dirt or debris.

Change Your Air Filter
Your AC pushes a lot of air throughout your home. To keep your air clean, and the unit running smoothly, there needs to be good airflow. Just as it is important that the condenser is free of debris, your system needs to operate with a clean air filter. Air filters help purify the air by removing dirt and other particulates. Air filters should be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. A clean filter will improve performance and reduce energy consumption.

Use A Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat will help avoid placing too much strain on your AC and keep summer energy costs down. With controls that allow you to customize temperature settings based on when you need indoor climate control most, you are guaranteed to see savings on your utility bills and extend the life of your unit.

Have Your Unit Serviced
Keep your air conditioner running smoothly and cut costs with regular maintenance. At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend scheduling a complete tune-up and professional cleaning by one of our licensed technicians.

To learn more, contact us online today.

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