Getting your home's air conditioning ready for spring and summer can help ensure that it is running efficiently and effectively, which can save you money on your energy bills and prevent breakdowns. Here are some tips for getting your air conditioning system ready based on whether you have a central air conditioning system or a window unit:
Central air conditioning system:
Change the air filter: A dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning system and decrease the air quality in your home. Replace your air filter at the beginning of the season and check it monthly during use. A helpful habit to get into is changing your filter every month when you pay your mortgage or your rent - it will keep you on track during those busy summer months!
Check the outdoor unit: Make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt. Trim any bushes or plants that are growing too close to the unit. Make sure nothing is limiting your unit’s air intake.
Schedule a professional inspection: Hire a licensed HVAC technician to perform a thorough inspection and maintenance on your central air conditioning system before the season starts. This will ensure that your system is running safely and efficiently.
Window unit air conditioning:
Clean the air filter and coils: Remove and clean the air filter and coils in your window unit air conditioner. A dirty filter and coils can reduce the efficiency of the unit and lead to higher energy bills.
Check the window seal: Make sure the window seal around your air conditioner is tight and secure to prevent warm air from entering your home.
Test the unit: Turn on your window unit air conditioner and check that it is blowing cold air and functioning properly. If you notice any issues, such as odd noises or weak airflow, schedule a professional inspection or consider replacing the unit.
By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your air conditioning system is ready for the warmer months ahead and is running efficiently and effectively - whether you have central air conditioning or a window unit!
If you have questions about your current central air conditioning or if you’re considering upgrading your window units to a central air system, give us a call today! Our team of HVAC professionals can help you resolve a problem and answer your questions.