Here Comes Summer… Is Your Air Conditioner Ready?

Take a moment to prep your air conditioner now to make sure it cools well all summer long

Prep Your Air ConditionerBefore the long, hot days of summer actually arrive, you want to know your air conditioning system is going to be able to keep up. After all, wouldn’t you rather know about any performance or efficiency issues now, when you have ample time to correct them, rather than at high noon on a 100-degree day this summer? Fortunately, prepping your air conditioner to perform its best this summer is relatively easy, especially when you enlist the aid of an expert AC technician from General Heating & Air Conditioning.

DIY Spring Cleaning

There are a few pre-season AC maintenance tasks you can do on your own. First of all, check the filter to make sure it is clean. A dirty filter will not only make the air from your AC smell funny, but can also reduce the efficiency of the system by impeding air flow. Next, open up the unit and locate the evaporator and condenser coils. Carefully clean off any dust, dirt, or debris that may have accumulated. This will help the coils create cold air more efficiently. Finally, check the drain on the unit for blockages that could contribute to the development of mold, mildew, or leaks.

Schedule a Maintenance Visit

Other pre-season maintenance tasks such as checking the coolant levels, cleaning and adjusting the blower, and checking the electrical system typically require the assistance of an expert. Call General Heating & Air Conditioning for a comprehensive maintenance visit that will include these tasks, plus any of the DIY tasks that you may be unable to do yourself.

Consider Energy-Efficient Upgrades

If your electric bill seemed high last summer, now is the time to make changes that will help avoid a repeat performance. One of our AC specialists can assess your system with a home performance evaluation and make cost-effective recommendations for improving your AC systmem’s efficiency. Some possibilities include:

Programmable Thermostat: By giving you the ability to program the AC to switch off when you leave for work and turn back on a few hours before you come home, you can avoid wasting energy on cooling when you’re not there to enjoy it.

Zoned System: Setting up a zoned system that allows for independent control of various rooms or floors in your home can improve efficiency by directing cooled air where it is needed most. Eliminate hot spots without wasting energy over-cooling other parts of the building.

Duct Sealing: Leaking ductwork is a huge energy thief. By having your ducts tested for leaks and then sealed, you can ensure that you aren’t inadvertently wasting cool air in the attic or letting hot attic air into your home via the ductwork.