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Now that the cooling season has begun, it’s time to start getting your air conditioner ready for a long, hot summer. Preparing your air conditioner ahead of time, and maintaining it through the cooling season, will help to ensure maximum comfort with minimal energy consumption. Here are some basic air conditioner maintenance tips to help you prepare for the summer.
Replace Your Air Filter
Your air filter is a simple yet highly important component of your heating and air conditioning system. It blocks out all of the dirt and dust in your home and prevents it from re-circulating through your HVAC system. Replace your air filter at least once a month to ensure that your air conditioner works as efficiently as possible, and that the air you breathe is mostly free of indoor air contaminants.
Clean Your HVAC Unit
A clean indoor air conditioning unit will help to lower operating temperatures, minimize dust and dirt infiltration, and prevent corrosion and rust. All of these factors contribute to both short- and long-term performance benefits, and can help you save money and stay cooler this summer.
Clean Your Condenser Unit
The air conditioner condenser unit that sits outside of your home should be free of dirt, grass clippings, and other debris. This ensures that it can effectively release heat collected from inside your home. Not only will this improve indoor comfort, but it will also lower energy consumption and air conditioning costs. Make sure that you vacuum the inside of the condenser, but always turn off power to the condenser first.
Hire a Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
Finally, make sure that you have your air conditioner inspected by an AC contractor before the cooling season begins. An AC contractor will ensure that the sensitive mechanical and electrical components of your AC system are in good shape, which will minimize breakdowns and improve efficiency.
For expert AC repair and maintenance, contact McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning today at (800) 788-6216. To learn more about our services, visit our website.
Last updated 1 year ago
Are you looking for a way to cut back on your energy costs this summer? The answer isn’t to use your air conditioner less, but to use your air conditioner more efficiently by installing a programmable thermostat. Many homeowners are saving money and retaining indoor comfort by using programmable thermostats to adjust their home temperatures throughout the day. Here’s a closer look at why a programmable thermostat is a smart investment for your heating and cooling system.
Dialing back your air conditioner during warm summer days is a great way to save energy. Many homeowners leave their thermostats at a warmer setting all day and night, while others try to remember to adjust their thermostat throughout the day. Both of these options are problematic because they either reduce indoor comfort or rely on homeowners to remember to adjust the thermostat. Neither of these options allows homeowners to both save money and stay comfortable.
Programmable thermostats afford homeowners the luxury of both energy savings and indoor comfort by automatically adjusting indoor temperatures according to the time of day. For example, if you work a normal 9 to 5 day, you can set your thermostat to dial back your air conditioner shortly after you leave the home, and increase AC power before you return. This means that your home will always be nice and cool when you’re around, but that you won’t have to waste energy when you’re gone.
Programmable thermostats come in a number of different styles. Some are designed for homeowners who have the same schedule every single day, while other models are designed for homeowners with schedules that change on the weekends or on a day-to-day basis. Many programmable thermostats are even adjustable by using your smartphone, giving you complete control over your home’s heating and cooling.
To have a programmable thermostat installed at your home, contact the air conditioner and heating experts at McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning. If you want to learn more about our services, visit us online or call us at (800) 788-6216.