How to prep your air conditioner for summer

There are several steps one can take to prepare your AC for summer and keep it running efficiently. Don’t let the heat beat you. Stay on top of your air conditioner with these tips.

Maintenance: Regularly schedule your maintenance for both your air conditioner and furnace to keep it working efficiently. Schedule a maintenance checkup by an HVAC technician before you turn on your AC to prevent serious issues like leaks and damage. TIP: Great maintenance plans, free assessments and rebates are offered by HVAC companies.1

 

Get your AC unit ready: Remove your AC Cover, check for debris and make sure nothing is blocking the fan from operating effectively. For your air conditioner to work, check the outside disconnect and make sure the breaker is turned on.

 

Check the filters: Up to 50% of total home energy use is consumed from cooling and heating.1 Clean filters will prevent your unit from working too hard at keeping your home cool and recirculating dust. TIP: Check your filters once a month for dirt and buildup.3

 

Regulate your thermostat: By setting the thermostat to a lower setting like 78 degrees when you’re at home and to a higher setting like 85 degrees when you aren’t home you are regulating the temperature and can aid in annual energy savings. TIP: The harder your air conditioner will have to work, the larger the temperature variance is outside to inside your home. Your home will not cool faster with a very low set temperature. Did you know a smart thermostat can help save on heating and cooling costs by regulating heating and cooling when you're not at home? TIP: Don’t let your thermostat think its warmer in the room that it really is, place the thermostat on the right wall, away from windows.1

 

Use a ceiling fan: When being used with air conditioning, ceiling fans help raise the thermostat setting up to four degrees. TIP: Ceiling fans create a wind chill effect which helps cool people but not rooms. Only use a ceiling fan when in the room.2

 

Close the blinds: Heat will come through the windows and warm up both you and the thermostat. Close your blinds to stop the cool air from escaping and to keep the sun out. TIP: Consider blinds or sun shades that allow light in but block out the heat.4

 

References:

(1) Spring into Savings with Four Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs Ahead of Summer

(2) Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips

(3) 5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

(4) 7 rules to save money on air conditioning this summer

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