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Winter is slowly losing its grasp on the air and the temperatures, which means summer is just around the corner. While you’re figuring out your summer wardrobe and making plans for the warmer weather, be sure you take out some time to prepare your air conditioner so you and your family can stay cool as it starts to heat up.
Taking action now before summer is in full swing is certain to pay off in more ways than one.By putting these summer HVAC maintenance tips and tricks into action, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Change Your Air Filter
Keep your air conditioner from sucking up more energy than necessary by changing out your air filter, which you can easily do on your own. If your filter is a reusable model, you’ll only need to wash it off and replace it.
If it’s disposable, you’ll need to buy a new one. With both types of filters, you’ll want to take a look at them at least once a month to see if they need some attention.
Bring in a Professional
Some parts of AC maintenance are best left to a professional, mainly because they have tools and experience you don’t. Specifically, you want a professional technician to clean your unit’s drain, which can be just as damaging as a dirty filter that makes your unit work harder than necessary, which means you spend more than necessary to keep your home cool.
A professional can also clean your fan blades and indoor evaporator coil. Be sure to ask the professional about extra steps you can take to maintain and improve the functionality of your unit.
Take Care of Debris Around Your Unit
Something else you can do on your own for the sake of your air conditioner is go out and clear away any debris or vegetation that might have gathered around your unit. You can use a vacuum to help with this task, especially around the blades of your fan.
It’s best to keep all vegetation at least two feet away from your unit. Mounting bolts can be tightened, and the ports can be lubed up with WD-40 or a gentle oil.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Another great way to get the most out of your unit while spending the least from your bank account is to buy a programmable thermostat. You can set your air conditioner on a schedule so it’s not on when no one is home and so it’s nice and comfortable by the time you get home from work.
If you ever forget to turn your unit off or adjust it, you can simply do so from your smartphone, allowing you to not have to worry about running up your energy bill higher than necessary while you’re away from home.
Keep An Eye on Your Coolant Lines
Your unit has coolant tubes that run from the exterior condenser to the air handler’s evaporator. There should be foam coolant line insulation on your coolant lines that prevents energy loss.
You’ll want to replace any fraying or missing insulation with foam insulation sleeves. Think this repair might be a bit too technical? No problem. You can reach out to a local professional to either walk you through it or take care of it for you.
Don’t Set Your Unit to a Colder Temperature Than Necessary
If it’s especially hot in your house, you might be tempted to set the temperature a few degrees colder than you normally like it in the hopes that things will cool down faster. This strategy actually uses more energy than necessary and won’t cool you down any faster. Instead, you’ll want to choose your regular temperature, maybe even bumping it up a degree to save even more energy.
summer HVAC maintenance tips
Be sure to keep these HVAC maintenance tips and tricks in mind this summer in your quest to stay comfortable. Not only can you save yourself and your family from the heat, you can save money as well.