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Preparing Your Air Conditioning for a Cool Summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to give your air conditioning system a little pampering before the big chill-out session begins. Overlooking routine maintenance can be detrimental to your AC. Preparedness is key, so get ready to ensure that your summer is not just bearable but blissfully cool.

Clean the Condenser Coil

Think of the condenser coil as the backbone of your AC system. Located outside, it's exposed to all the elements, accumulating dust, debris, and sometimes even plants in and around it. This buildup can significantly reduce your AC's efficiency. Start by removing any visible dirt or grime. Then, gently spray the coil with a coil cleaner and allow it to sit for the manufacturer-recommended time. Rinse thoroughly with a hose. Remember, a clean coil is a cool coil.

Change the Air Filter

A basic yet crucial maintenance step that many of us often somehow forget. Your air conditioner's filter keeps the air in your home clean by removing airborne particles like dust and pollen. Over time, these filters get clogged, reducing airflow and efficiency, which puts a strain on your system. Change your filter regularly - typically every one to three months, depending on usage and the type of filter you have.

Check Insulation and Seals

Proper insulation is key to maintaining a consistently cool temperature indoors. Check that your ducts are well-insulated and that there are no leaks. Seals around your windows and doors can also affect your air conditioner's performance. If the seals are cracked or worn, they need to be replaced. An energy audit can help identify any insulation, ductwork, or seal issues that may be compromising your system’s efficiency.

Program Your Thermostat

If you don't already have a programmable thermostat, now is a great time to invest in one. It allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, ensuring you're not overcooling your house when nobody's home. This change can save you a significant amount on your utility bills over the course of the summer.

Call in the Pros

After these DIY tasks are completed, it’s a wise move to schedule a professional maintenance check. HVAC technicians can perform a thorough inspection, checking for leaks, lubricating moving parts, and ensuring that your refrigerant levels are where they should be. This type of proactive maintenance not only keeps things running smoothly but can also extend the life of your system.

Air conditioning units are investments in your comfort and in the value of your home. By carrying out these straightforward checks and balances, you can look forward to a summer that is both cool and cost-effective.

Contact a company such as Freeze Refrigeration Inc. to learn more.