Temperatures are starting to fluctuate above the “mild and comfortable” zone now. While we’re not quite at summertime yet, it’s never a bad idea to get started working with your air conditioner so it’s prepared for the heat ahead. This can be done in multiple different ways.
For starters, we’ll be reviewing some great DIY tips that can help you set your air conditioner up for success in Mount Holly, Lumberton, and even Evesham. This includes things like replacing the air filter, hosing down the unit, and even making sure that your vents are cleared. Then, we can discuss the most important thing of all–your preventative AC maintenance in Burlington County. This professional service goes a long way towards making sure your AC’s components are in great shape and ready for the future. Couple this professional maintenance with some DIY tricks, and you’ll be in great shape.
Yes, you can officially start bragging to your neighbors about your AC once you’ve completed these steps!
1. Change Out the Air Filter
First, head over to the indoor component of your air conditioner. This is where you can find the “return air duct” that is responsible for moving air into the system where it can be cooled. This is almost always where the air filter is located.
You’ll likely notice that there’s a flap that you can open and remove the filter. Disposable filters can be tossed and replaced with new ones, while reusable ones can be wiped down with a damp paper towel. Once you’re ready, replace the air filter so that it’s facing the same way it was before, and be on your way.
2. Switch to “Cooling Mode”
Hold your horses! You’re not done yet.
Head on over to the thermostat and make sure that it is set to “cooling mode.” This ensures that the HVAC system diverts its power to the air conditioner instead of the heater so your home doesn’t accidentally get warmer when it needs to get cooler.
3. Hose Off the AC
No, you don’t need to send your AC through a veritable car wash. Instead, just hose down the outdoor unit with a spray nozzle so that the vents are clear of caked-up dirt and debris.
4. Open Up Your Vents
Do a trip around your home to ensure that all of the vents are open in each room. This will ensure maximum airflow and allow your air conditioner to cool the space that it was designed to.
Closed air vents might sound like a good idea to funnel more cool air into certain parts of your house, but usually it just leads to an AC working harder and consuming more electricity.
5. Sign Up for Maintenance
Now it’s time to show off! Call up one of our professionals to schedule a maintenance appointment. We’ll be impressed if you’ve taken all of the steps above, since your system should be shiny, clear, and in great condition for the future.
Then, our team can take a look inside the system and repair or replace any faulty components. We’ll test it and ensure it works efficiently before leaving your home. At this point, it’s safe to say that your AC is in amazing shape and you don’t have to stress about it anymore!
To schedule AC maintenance, contact Ambient Comfort today!