Before you switch, flip or tap your thermostat from heat to cool mode, make sure your air conditioner is ready to go. Have you removed the A/C cover, cleaned the unit or scheduled preventive maintenance? Following is a quick list of items to go over before you turn on your air conditioner this year.
Remove A/C Cover
Air conditioner covers help keep leaves and other debris from falling into the top of the outdoor unit. If you do cover your outdoor A/C unit during the winter, make sure you remove it before you turn on your air conditioner.
Air Conditioner Cleaning
Dust and dirt is an air conditioner’s enemy. The indoor and outdoor coils (evaporator and condenser) need free airflow to transfer heat. Clean the following components to promote optimal airflow.
- Outdoor unit: Use a garden hose to clean the outdoor unit. Turn off the power to the A/C first.
- Coils: A self-rinsing foaming coil cleaner is a simple yet effective tool for removing dirt.
- Vents: Clean all the air vents in your home each month.
- Filter: Keep a supply of high-efficiency filters on hand, and change them as manufacturer suggests (which is typically every 1 to 3 months).
Your air conditioner will only be effective for keeping your home comfortable and efficient operation as the ducts that convey cooled airflow. Inspect your air ducts for leaks. Look for dirt streaks at duct joints, fallen ducts and listen for rattling noises. Mastic and metal tape are the right tools to seal ducts.
Program the Thermostat
If you aren’t using a programmable thermostat or a newer smart thermostat, you should be! They save you money by giving you remote access and the ability to change your automatic temperature preferences. By the way, have you programed your temperature settings for warmer weather?
Consider investing in an A/C maintenance plan. You’ll be able to schedule professional maintenance in advance, save money and keep your air conditioner in top condition.
If have questions about what to do before you turn on your air conditioner, contact Cool Power for the answers.
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