Guest Blogger: Preparing your Air Conditioner for Warmer Seasons
Guest Blogger #904, Entry #2127, March 21, 2013
Can you believe it? It’s almost time to start getting ready for the warmer seasons and the heat once again. Time to purchase some tank tops, shorts and sandals. Time to look for some great summertime recipes. And, it’s also time to get our air conditioners ready to keep our homes cool through the warmer seasons like June, July and August.
When it comes to our air conditioners, sometimes our houses are not as comfortable as they could be and it’s because we didn’t take the proper steps to make sure that we are doing all that we can to get the most out of our air conditioning units.
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If you would like some tips on how to get yours prepped and ready to go (or rather, blow), we have five for you right here:
Get it serviced.
Oftentimes, we don’t think to get our central air unit serviced unless it breaks down and sometimes by then, it ends up costing a lot of money to repair. For this reason, it really is best to set up a maintenance appointment twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) to have a professional come out and inspect it.
Replace air filters.
Something else that a lot of people fail to do is change their air filters on a regular basis. When they don’t, it causes all kind of dirt and debris to clog up the filter, which makes it harder for the cool air to flow through. If you’re wondering how often you should change yours, according to many service experts, it’s a good thing to do every 90 days (on average).
Purchase a programmable thermostat.
When you’re coming into the house after a hot summer day, naturally, your body’s temperature is going to be elevated. This could tempt you to turn your thermostat down really low. However, if you keep causing your air conditioner settings to fluctuate, it’s a surefire way to not only raise your energy bill, but also put you at risk of causing it to have a short or blow a fuse. One way to prevent this from happening is to purchase a programmable thermostat. That way, your house can stay at a set at a comfortable temperature throughout the day without you constantly changing it.
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Check your fluid levels.
If you have had your unit checked fairly recently but for some reason, it seems like it is not blowing out cold enough air, your Freon levels may be low (perhaps due to a leak). You can go to your favorite search engine and put “how to change air conditioner Freon” in the search engine to learn how to do it yourself; however, it tends to be a pretty complicated process and so you’d be better off contacting a company like ConroeAir.com for assistance.
Clear your vents’ paths.
If you have a central air unit, there are vents that the air flows through. Sometimes, people forget to remove the throw rugs or furniture that may be on top of the vents. When this happens, it can cause you to turn up your thermostat which can make your central air unit work harder. This, in turn, can cause it to get a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. So, make sure that you keep things away from your vents so that the air from your air conditioner can flow freely.
For more warmer weather home maintenance tips, click here.