Getting Ready for Air Conditioning Season

April 30, 2016

Summer isn’t here yet but the temperatures are definitely increasing and that means it’s time for air conditioning season. Before the summer weather is officially here and you’re running your A/C system 24/7 to stay comfortable, don’t forget to call your air conditioning technician to stop by and perform your yearly ac maintenance.

In addition to a Precision A/C tune-up, there are a few other ways you can prepare for the cooling season before warmer weather is officially here to stay.

  • Clean Your System

No, we aren’t implying that you should take your air conditioning unit apart, let a qualified technician do that, but you can clean up the ground around your A/C to remove branches and foliage that have made their way to your air conditioning unit during the windy winter and stormy spring. Keep the grass trimmed around the system and cut back any overgrown bushes or vegetation to make sure your air conditioning unit is clear of debris. Clearing the air way can help keep your air conditioning unit running properly.

·     Change Your Home’s Air Filters

McKinley Heating Service Experts will replace your home’s basic air filters when they complete your AC Precision tune-up as part of your standard A/C maintenance. You can (and should) also swap out your HVAC air filters on your own, and it’s recommended that you do so at least every four to eight weeks for optimal performance. If you don’t change your air filter it accumulates dust, allergens, and germs so for the health of the people living in your home and the efficiency of your air conditioner, make sure you’re changing those filters as part of your standard cooling equipment service. Note that a clogged filter could even damage your AC equipment.

  • Block the Sun

Help keep your home cooler by hanging blackout drapes or window shades to help keep the sun from heating up your home. This may also help keep your furniture and floors from fading or experiencing sun damage over time.

·     Check Alarm Batteries

If you forgot to check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors over daylight savings, now is the time. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your thermostat to make sure it is running properly so you don’t end up calling your HVAC company because your system isn’t running and then it ends up just being the thermostat. You could also consider purchasing a programmable thermostat so you can adjust the temperature away from home and save money on your heating and cooling bills.

An annual A/C system tune-up service could make your system up to 30% more efficient and save you money on your cooling bills. Call McKinley Heating Service Experts today to make sure your air conditioning system is set to keep you cool and comfortable all summer and learn about our spring specials on A/C system tune-ups.

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