Is Your AC Unit Ready For Summer?
Summer is right around the corner, and while that means fun outdoors, family cookouts, trips to the water, and no school, it also means that your home's air conditioning system is going to start seeing a lot of constant use if it isn't already. Summer can be a difficult time for your air conditioning system, as there is a lot that's expected from it during that time. How do you know if your system is ready for the upcoming marathon it's expected to run however? Taking the time now before your system goes into extremely heavy use to make sure that it has the care it needs to survive the summer is one of the most important things you can do for your home as no one wants to be stuck in a home without air conditioning for any length of time during the sweltering summer months. To aid you in making sure that your system is prepared for the months ahead, our team of experienced air conditioning professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a few of the things you can do now to ensure your system is ready to go when summer gets into full swing.
Remove Any Debris From Your Outside Unit
Depending on where your outdoor unit is located around your home, it might have accumulated a good deal of debris or have areas of your lawn grow up around it over the course of the winter and spring. Before your system really has to start working this summer, you are going to want to make sure that you take a walk around your outdoor unit and clear any of this debris away to ensure that it doesn't find its way into the unit itself. Any debris that makes its way inside the unit has the serious potential to cause damage, and can lead to some big headaches if it ever causes your system to fail in the coming months.
Change Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters are the leading cause of almost all air conditioning breakdowns all over the country, and they are also one of the most easily avoided. It is important to make sure that you take the time to change out your disposable air filters at least once every month, or to clean them off if you have a system that uses permanent filters on the same kind of timeframe, to ensure that your system is able to efficiently do its job. When these filters are blocked up with dirt and dust, it makes your system have to work harder in order to do its job. Not only does this put unnecessary strain on your system, but the accumulated dust and dirt can also find its way into your unit itself and gum up some of the machinery. Taking five minutes this spring to make sure you change out your old air filters can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and headache down the line.
Clean The Supply Vents & Grills
Before your system goes into heavy use, it is a good idea to take a walk around the inside of your home and ensure that all of your supply vents and air grills are open, unobstructed, and free of debris. You can use a vacuum to remove and dust, dirt, or pet hair that might be blocking these vents to help ensure that your system has proper airflow during the summer. Any obstructions to these areas can cause your system to struggle when trying to intake the proper amount of air, or restrict the flow of cool air throughout your home.