4 Ways to Get Ready for Air Conditioning Season

Summer may seem like it’s a long time off away. But before you know it, you’ll be transitioning from heating to cooling. Soon enough your air conditioner is cooling around the clock to maintain comfortable temperatures. It’s wise to be ready for the increased usage before temperatures get warmer.

Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing and our team of Experts can assist you. We’ve made our comprehensive air conditioning memberships to increase your system’s energy efficiency and reliability. Our professional skill goes a long way, but there are lots of other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner. Here are four of the greatest ways you can prepare for air conditioning season.

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner

Don’t worry, you won’t have to take apart your system and clean every piece. Our Experts handle this during your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.

But cleaning the surroundings around your air conditioner will go a long way too. We recommend:

    • Clearing twigs, leaves and grass clippings from the outside of your air conditioner.
    • Keeping nearby grass and plants cut back.
    • Maintaining no less than 1 foot of open area on all sides around your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner’s fins get clogged with dirt or yard refuse, this can decrease performance and comfort. Your air conditioner will have to run longer to give the same level of comfort. In severe cases, it may stop working altogether and need air conditioning repair.

Your comfort and satisfaction are important to us, so we want to minimize the possibility of repairs in the first place. A regularly serviced air conditioner generally cools more efficiently, is less likely to break down and often lasts longer.

2. Replace Your Air Filter

Regularly replacing your air filter is important for your air conditioner’s well-being. During a maintenance visit, our techs examine filters and replace them if needed. Installing a new filter is quick and straightforward. You can (and should) do it on your own whenever!

How often you need to replace your filter depends on:

    • The kind of filter you use.
    • If someone in your house has asthma, allergies or other respiratory concerns.
    • If you have pets.

Basic flat filters normally last for 30–60 days. More dense pleated filters can last up to 90 days. If you’re unsure if your filter requires replacement, pull it out, and hold it up to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.

Filters trap dust, pollen and other particles from your home’s air, keeping airflow fresh. Disregarding it will impact your home’s indoor air quality and your air conditioner’s efficiency.

Sometimes a blocked filter could even damage your system or cause it to malfunction. Regularly putting in a new one will keep the inside of your air conditioner cleaner and airflow more level.

If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, contact our Experts about how a HEPA filter can relieve symptoms.

3. Inspect Your Thermostat and Smoke Detectors

Now is a good time to test other crucial components of your air conditioner and other safety systems.

If you rely on a programmable thermostat, check that it’s running right. If the batteries are getting low, replace them.

For extra control and convenience, think about getting a smart thermostat. They make conserving energy much more convenient. And some models can even alert you if there’s a problem with your air conditioner or if your air filter needs to be changed.

Although they’re not part of your air conditioning system, now is an excellent time to test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring they still work delivers peace of mind and an added layer of protection.

4. Keep Heat Outside

One of the best ways to boost energy-efficient cooling is to minimize the amount of outside heat seeping into your residence. Using premium window treatments like blackout curtains, honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, can block the sun from impacting your home’s temperatures.

Here are several other approaches to keep your residence chilly without adjusting the thermostat:

    • Run ceiling fans when you’re in the room.
    • Turn on your bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity when you shower.
    • Keep air vents uncovered to ensure proper airflow.
    • Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal your doors and windows.

Rely on Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance

Our checklist will help your air conditioner cool better this summer. But the best way you can increase efficiency is with air conditioning maintenance. Some perks of this service entail:

    • Headache-free cooling.
    • Possibly cheaper cooling bills.
    • Potentially increasing your air conditioner’s life expectancy.
    • Keeping your valuable manufacturer’s warranty intact.

Make sure your air conditioning is prepped for this summer! Call the heating and cooling Experts at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing right away! Contact us at 615-799-0427 to book your maintenance appointment or to learn more about our HVAC membership plans.

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