The summer is fast approaching, and along with it will be the need to cool your home so everyone inside is comfortable and happy. There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a house that has been absorbing the summer heat and humidity all day, which is why it’s important to prepare your AC for summer so it’s ready to go when you are. Here are some tips to ensure you have cool air when you need it.
Change the Filter
Changing the furnace filter is one of the least labour-intensive tasks when preparing your air conditioning for summer, but it’s also an important one. If the filter is clogged with dirt and debris, the whole system will run less efficiently, leading to poor quality cooling, higher cooling bills and possibly damaging your AC in the process. Also, some of that dirty air will get into your ducts and eventually into the various rooms of your home, reducing air quality.
Open Up the Vents
Opening up the supply vents in your home will decrease pressure in your ductwork and reduce the likelihood of leakage. When you have leaky ducts, cooled air will escape into areas of your home it doesn’t need to be while on its journey to your living spaces. This means your home won’t be as comfortable as it could be and your AC system will have to work harder to provide the results you want.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Dirt, grime, leaves and twigs often end up in and around your outdoor unit, and it’s wise to clean it as you prepare your AC for summer. The area around the coils should be kept clean to ensure your AC runs efficiently and doesn’t work harder than it needs to. Take some time to remove leaves and larger objects and wash off the outside of the unit with a garden hose that’s on a low setting.
Bring in a Professional
The most important step to take when getting your AC ready for summer is to call in a professional for annual maintenance. This preventative step can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Your system will be checked to ensure there is no damage that needs to be repaired and that all the parts are clean and in good working order. When you have a professional give your AC system the once-over, you can feel confident that there are no leaks, the system isn’t working harder than it needs to and you’ll have a comfortable home all summer long. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that you won’t be paying more than necessary on your cooling bills.
Getting your yearly maintenance ensures that your A/C unit will be up and running for the upcoming summer months. Get your yearly tune-up done by the experts at Guelph ClimateCare.