Spring is the perfect time to prepare your home for summer. Aside from shopping for warm weather necessities and doing some spring cleaning, you also need to assess your home and identify the changes you need to keep the entire household cool and comfortable when the hot weather sets in. And this usually means preparing your air conditioning system to make sure it will work well during the hot summer months.
Although your AC isn’t the simplest piece of equipment in your home, there are certain tips and steps you can follow to ensure you have a finely-tuned cooling system. These include the following:
Inspect the air filters.
Air conditioners that have clogged filters can lead to inefficiency and a harder working system. An overworked system can lead to an increase in energy consumption of up to 15 percent. This translates to higher energy bills and less cold air when you need it most. In case your unit does have clogged filters, see to it that they are cleaned or replaced immediately.
Clean the compressor.
A dirty compressor can also lead to reduced energy efficiency. Dirty coils absorb less heat and this means less cool air for you. Fortunately, cleaning the compressor is a simple chore you can do. You can clean the outside coils by manually removing debris and vacuuming the unit’s exterior and between the fins to get rid of dust. You also need to remove the unit’s top cover to clean out any dirt or debris and spray the coils clean with water using a garden hose.
Make sure the air ducts are clean.
Ducts, unlike the compressor, can be harder to inspect and clean. As such, you may need to have this chore done by HVAC experts. A clogged air duct can also hamper air flow and force your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. By keeping the air ducts clean, you also keep your energy bills low.
Clean the unit’s exterior parts.
Remove the cover of your unit and check if there are piles of dust and debris around it. Make sure you remove all of these to ensure that nothing will prevent your AC from working properly after you turn it on.
Check the drainage system and parts.
Lastly, if your unit isn’t draining properly, this can lead to wet floors and windows. Through-the-wall AC models with drainage issues can also breed mildew or other molds. To avoid these problems, check your unit for clogged or kinked drainage hoses and ensure that there’s no debris in the drip pan.
To ensure you have a cool and comfy home when the warm months roll in, include checking, tidying, and maintaining your air conditioning system during spring cleaning. And call us for any of your needs!