It’s almost summertime in Florida, and we’re all trying to find our own way to stay cool. While the pool and a beach umbrella may offer some relief from the sun, the best way to beat the heat is with a properly working air conditioner. Follow these tips to make sure your AC is ready for the summer heat wave.
1. Change Your AC Filters
You should be changing your filters about once a month. However, doing so is an easy task to forget. If it’s been a little while since your last filter change, go ahead and do it now!
Your air filters are there to prevent dirt, dust and other particles from reaching the expensive equipment in your air conditioner and, ultimately, the air in your home. Over time, all this debris builds up and starts to block your air filter. When you have a dirty filter, it makes it harder for your air conditioner to pump air to your house. This means your AC needs to work twice as hard to do the same amount of work.
Changing your filter before summer will ensure you are getting the most out of your AC, while keeping your air clean and fresh.
2. Clear Any Debris From Your Condenser
Overgrown grass, shrubs or trees can block your outside condenser unit. While plants may look nice around your unit, they could actually be harming it. Additionally, any leaves or twigs that get stuck in your condenser can compromise its efficiency and lead to damage, so be sure to wipe them away. Your condenser unit needs at least two feet of clearance around it to operate at its best.
So, when you’re landscaping around your home this summer, be sure to clear away anything that could potentially obstruct airflow around this important device.
3. Have Your Ductwork Cleaned
If it’s been more than five years since your last ductwork cleaning, it’s time you at least have your ducts checked. Over time, dust, allergens and debris can become stuck in your ductwork. This slows down the airflow, making it harder for your home to cool, raising your energy bill and polluting your air.
Call in a professional to inspect your ducts to determine if they need cleaning. This will help improve your indoor air quality and keep you comfortable all summer long.
4. Schedule AC Maintenance
The summer is the most demanding time of year for your air conditioner, so you need to make sure your system is ready for the Florida heat. The last thing anyone wants is to be dealing with a broken AC in the middle of July.
When you have AC maintenance, not only is your system going to work at peak performance, but you can also catch little problems before they turn into expensive repairs. So what are you waiting for? Call Climate Design today and schedule an AC Maintenance appointment.