Not only is summer tough on your air conditioner, but it can also be tough on your wallet. For this reason, you’re probably researching how to best prepare your air conditioner for the warmer months so you don’t have to worry about a costly breakdown or repair – especially during those long dog days of summer.
Sometimes, though, even if you’ve done everything right, your machine can still break down. During these times, you’ll want to know you have a reliable repair team on your side, like the folks at Ambient Edge. Give us a call at (888) 240-8283 for all your service needs, and we’ll aim to get things back to normal for you in no time.
Preparing Your Central Air Conditioner for the Summer
One of the best things you can do to prepare your central air conditioner for the summer months is preventive maintenance, but we’ll get to that later. First, here are some steps you can take on your own to prepare your air conditioner for those hot summer months that lie ahead.
Calibrate Your Thermostat
If you’ve found that sweet spot of 70 degrees, or whatever you prefer your thermostat set to, keep it at that temperature all year. Doing so will ensure your air conditioner does not work overly hard even on the hottest of summer days.
You run into problems when experiencing a heat wave, so to cool the house down quickly, you drop the thermostat 30 degrees. Not a good idea. Find the temperature you’re comfortable living with, and set the thermostat to that temperature year-round, no matter what is happening outside. Your air conditioner will adjust, and you’ll enjoy the same level of climate control no matter the season.
Change Your Filters
With an air conditioner, or your HVAC system in general, preparation is all about the air filter. It is so easy to forget about your air filter; yet, if you do, it will be sure to remind you by causing your machine to break down. It’s such a preventable problem that you’ll be kicking yourself for not cleaning and/or replacing your air conditioner’s filter often enough.
As you prepare your air conditioner for the summer, the first thing you should do is start fresh and change its air filter. Once you have a new filter in there, you can set a schedule of how often you are going to clean and replace the filter. Your schedule will depend heavily on how often you use your AC, but it’s a good idea to clean the filter once a week and replace it every 90 days (or at least every 60 days, if you have pets).
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Cleaning your unit, including both the indoor and the outdoor elements, is crucial to ensuring it runs efficiently and effectively. Sweep away any debris, like leaves and twigs, that may be lying around your outdoor unit. These items could potentially restrict proper air flow into and around your unit.
You’ll also want to move any objects that may be around the unit, like children’s toys, away from it to ensure it does not overheat. These items can also block air from circulating through the unit properly.
You should do the same for any window units you may have, ensuring the area is clean and that the unit can enjoy air circulation. Overheating may be more of an issue with window units since items can fall behind the window unit and cause it to suffer a breakdown later on.
Sign Up for Preventive Maintenance
When you sign a preventive maintenance contract, you give the company in charge permission to check on your HVAC system twice a year, before summer and winter, to give it a good and thorough cleaning and a detailed tune-up. A preventive maintenance contract is like an insurance contract of sorts: once you sign up for one, you can rest assured your unit is prepared to take on even the worst of weather.
Preventive maintenance contracts are a great way to take care of your air conditioner’s filter because, rather than worry about the schedule yourself, you can trust a team like Ambient Edge to do it for you.
We also check for signs of wear and tear and fill any fluid levels that may be running low to prevent small issues from turning into larger ones later on.
Need Help Preparing Your Central Air Conditioner for Summer? Call Ambient Edge Today!
You’ve already taken a great first step by thinking about your air conditioner before it breaks down. This is more than many homeowners do! Now you can do even more for your AC unit by signing up for preventive maintenance and leaving the rest of your worries to us.
Call our experienced, licensed team today at (888) 240-8283, or message us on our website and we’ll get you all set up and ready to go. Worry about your air conditioner no longer when you have Ambient Edge by your side.