Although it may feel like winter is going to be around forever, spring is just around the corner. Soon, we will see green grass and feel the warm breeze through our open windows. And then before we know it, summer will be here, and instead of using the furnace to keep our homes warm, we will flip the switch, and use the air conditioning unit to keep our homes cool and comfortable.
Before the A/C is keyed up for use, it’s wise to think about maintenance of the unit. We don’t want to wait until the dog days of summer to discover our A/C is on the fritz. Regular maintenance and good service practices pay off, not only in the peace of mind and uninterrupted physical comfort, but also in savings from a system that runs as efficiently as possible, and does not necessitate emergency repairs. Here are some things you can do now to ensure cool indoor days ahead:
- Regular system checks or inspections of A/C units can help spot small issues before they turn into an expensive repair, or a failure of the unit altogether, leaving you hot and sticky without A/C until it’s repaired. A professional inspection can also ensure the unit is running efficiently, allowing the home to be as cool as possible without breaking the bank.
- Without regular maintenance, dirt and debris can build up in your system, which inhibits airflow, and reduces not only the efficiency of the unit but your comfort level as well. When you walk by your A/C unit, do a visible check for debris like leaves, branches, and dirt. Clear the area to help ensure the rubbish doesn’t enter the A/C system and cause a problem.
- Changing the air filter is another key component to A/C maintenance. About once a month, during the time the A/C is in use, the filter should be changed so cool air can flow uninhibited throughout the house.
- Experts advise having A/C systems professionally inspected at least once a year, preferably during the spring. Temperatures will rise to their highest points during the summer months, and we want to be sure our A/C is ready to go and able to keep us cool all summer.