Summer’s on its way, so it’s time to get your air conditioner ready for action! Just like you wouldn’t tackle a marathon without training, your AC needs some TLC to face the hot weather efficiently. With a little preparation, you can ensure your home stays cool and comfortable all season long, while avoiding costly breakdowns.

Simple Steps for Summer AC Success

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get your AC system in tip-top shape:

Filter Check-in

  • Clean or replace your air filter. This is the number one most important step! A clogged filter restricts airflow, making your AC work harder and less efficiently. Check your filter monthly and clean or replace it according to the manufacturer’s instructions (typically every 1-3 months).

Clear the Condenser Coil

  • Clean the outdoor condenser unit. Your condenser unit is located outside, and over time, it can accumulate leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris. This buildup reduces airflow and heat transfer, making your AC work harder. Turn off the power to the unit and carefully remove any debris with a brush or vacuum cleaner. You can also gently hose down the fins on the condenser coil to remove dirt, but avoid bending them.

Check for Cool Comfort

  • Test your thermostat. Set your thermostat to “cool” and a desired temperature. Turn on the AC and see if it starts and cools the home as expected. If not, there might be a thermostat issue.

Block the Breezes

  • Inspect and seal leaky ducts. Leaky ducts waste energy and make your AC work harder. Look for any visible gaps or tears in the ductwork and seal them with mastic tape or metal duct sealant. You can also call a professional for a more thorough inspection and sealing.

Consider These Upgrades for Enhanced Efficiency

While the steps above are essential, here are some additional things you can consider to optimize your AC performance:

  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, saving energy when you’re away or asleep.
  • Schedule professional maintenance. An annual professional tune-up can identify potential problems before they become major issues. A technician will clean the system, check refrigerant levels, and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Additional Resources

  • The ENERGY STAR website, managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, offers resources and certification programs to help consumers and businesses improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. It provides information on energy-efficient products, homes, and buildings, promoting environmental protection through energy-saving solutions.
  • The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is a leading trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment. Their website provides industry standards, certification programs, and resources to promote energy efficiency and sustainability within the HVACR sector.

Stay Cool and Save with Milt’s of Amelia

By following these simple tips, your AC will be ready to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. But if you encounter any issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call Milt’s of Amelia Air Conditioning and Heating! Our experienced technicians can handle all your AC needs, from maintenance and repairs to installations. We offer competitive rates and exceptional service, so contact Milt’s of Amelia today and breathe easy all summer!

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