Is your air conditioning unit ready for the summer heat? Make sure that your home stays cool and comfortable all summer long by ensuring that your AC has been well-maintained and prepared for the season’s peak.
There’s no better time than now to ensure that your AC is ready to blast cool air, so prepare your air conditioner with these expert tips:
Annually Have Your AC Unit Inspected Professionally
Air conditioners go through a lot over the winter, enduring bitter cold and harsh weather conditions.
After this period of disuse, the homeowner should get their AC units inspected by a professional. A professional technician will check for:
- Electrical issues
- Faulty wires
- Dirty filters
All that your AC unit may require upon inspection is a thorough cleaning.
Expert HVAC technicians perform clean-ups that may help to keep the unit running optimally, improve its efficiency, and reduce the chance of a unit malfunction.
Replacing Your Air Conditioner
Even though there is no definitive timeframe in which an air conditioner should be replaced, your AC has multiple symptoms of serious issues, including:
- Excessive or loud noises coming from the unit
- High energy bills
- Increased humidity in the home
- Uneven spread of temperatures throughout your home
If you notice any or a combination of these signs, immediately contact your local HVAC expert to diagnose the issue and provide their recommendations for action.
Thankfully, these symptoms may also mean that the unit requires a simple filter change or quick tune-up to address the problem.
For air conditioners over 10 years old, the most cost-effective option may be to replace the entire unit.
Older units are known to be inefficient and could be causing an increase in your energy bill.
Setting the Thermostat and Keeping an Efficient AC Unit
The cleanliness of an AC unit is what keeps a properly inspected AC unit working efficiently all summer long.
Turn off the power to your AC unit once a month to clear any debris away from both the outside area of the unit, and below the cover.
Ideally, a home’s thermostat should be set to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, although this is different for various locations around the country depending on their weather.
For each degree that your thermostat is set about 78 degrees on the cool setting, homeowners can save 10% on their energy bills.
To maximize efficiency, use this technique in combination with your home’s ceiling fans to circulate the cool air.
There are other methods of keeping an efficient AC unit, including:
- Purchasing a programmable thermostat to allow greater control over when the AC unit is turned off
- Changing filters when an excess of dust or dirt is built up, especially within homes that have pets, smokers, or allergen sufferers