It’s a good idea to prepare your air conditioner for the summer. It hasn’t been used in months, so it needs maintenance to ensure it will reliably keep your home cool through the summer. Some maintenance will also help you avoid repair bills.
Change Air Filters
The most important thing to do is change the air filter. The air filter prevents dust, dirt, allergens and other contaminants from invading your indoor air and the critical components of your AC system. Change the filter out every three months at most.
Your air conditioning system has evaporative coils inside your home, usually hidden in a box. Clean the coils before summer, so they are efficient at removing heat from your home. Cleaning the coils can also prevent you from needing expensive repairs.
If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat, upgrading it is a great idea. Either will save you money on your energy bills and eventually pay for itself. A smart thermostat learns your routines and by doing so will efficiently cool your home.
You should schedule professional maintenance of your AC system every spring. This will keep it operating reliably and efficiently. The technician doing the maintenance can also catch small issues before they become expensive repairs.
Clean Outdoor AC Unit
The outdoor AC unit of your home can get rather dirty as it’s outside. Spray it down with a hose to remove dirt and debris. You may need to remove branches and other large objects by hand.
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