Is Your Air Conditioner Ready To Beat The Summer Heat?
As the summer heat kicks in it’s essential that your central air conditioning unit is ready.
The last thing you want is for that HVAC to break on a 90+ degree day! Check out these simple tips for getting your air conditioner summer-ready.
1) Clean your outdoor air conditioner unit
It is very important to make sure your unit is free from debris. This means trimming any trees, bushes and plants in the surrounding area. A good rule of thumb is to keep a two-foot area around your HVAC unit clear to ensure that leaves and other outdoor elements don’t interfere with your unit working properly. Click here for instructions on how to clean your outdoor unit.
2) Clean out your indoor vents
Along with outdoor cleaning comes indoor maintenance. Clear out any visible dust and dirt from the vents themselves by running the crevice tool of a vacuum over your vents. Next, remove the vent covers with a screwdriver and soak them in hot water. While the covers are soaking clean inside the ducts with the crevice tool or a cobweb duster. Occasionally, you should take HVAC cleaning one step further and hire a professional to clean your entire HVAC system. This ensures that your vents are free from dust particles and any mold that has accumulated from condensation build up.
3) Schedule a pre-season tune up with a professional
You take your car to a garage for regular checks. This also applies to your A/C unit. HVAC systems require periodic maintenance for optimal performance. By getting a professional to take a look at your air conditioner pre-season they can diagnose and fix any problems that could cause your system to malfunction throughout the summer heat. This professional tune up will save you a lot of time and headaches down the line.
4) Use fans to maximize airflow
Most ceiling fans are reversible. You can push the air up or down. When the air is pushed down it creates a nice breeze. When the air is pushed up it helps distribute heat. As a result of this heat flow your HVAC system has to work harder. Stand beneath the ceiling fans in your home and make sure you can feel a cooling breeze. If you don’t feel one, change the fan’s direction immediately. Hit the switch on the base of the fan to change its direction.