Summers in Colorado are often hot, dry, and miserable without a properly working air conditioning unit. If you want to make sure that your HVAC system works reliably and efficiently all summer long, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure it’s ready for the hottest season of the year. These at-home AC maintenance tips can help you enjoy a cool, comfortable home or workplace, no matter the weather outside!
Check the Filter & Clean or Replace It as Needed
This is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you can do for your air conditioning system. With continued use, AC filters quickly become dusty, dirty, and clogged. This restricts airflow, reducing the cooling power of your air conditioner. It’s a good idea to check your HVAC system’s filter sometime in the spring before summer really gets underway. Depending on the type of AC system you have, you may need to change the filter once a month, once every six months, or once a year. Regardless, checking the filter before summer starts can help you determine if it needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Check for Visibly Dirty Vents
Another common issue that affects air conditioning efficiency is clogged or dirty vents. While nothing compares to a full air duct cleaning service, performed by an experienced HVAC professional, you can improve the efficiency of your air conditioner by checking the vents throughout your home or business. Look for visible dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris that may be blocking vents. Also, make sure that the vents are open. While it may seem obvious, many home and business owners don’t realize that some of their AC vents might be partially or completely closed. Opening them up can help you improve airflow and your overall indoor comfort.
Schedule Your Yearly Professional AC Tune-Up
By far the best way to ensure that your air conditioner continues to work reliably all summer is to schedule an AC tune-up with a professional HVAC technician. During our multi-point inspection, we’ll take a look at all the components of your AC system and ensure that everything is working as it should. This also gives us a chance to take care of any minor repairs now before they have a chance to develop into a major problem. Plus, we make it easy with our Preferred Customer Service Plan. As a member, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits, including exclusive discounts, priority scheduling, and more. We’ll even call you to schedule your AC maintenance service so you don’t even have to think about it! Learn more when you visit our Preferred Customer Service Plan page.
Have The Blower Motor and Belt Inspected and Replaced if Needed
The blower motor is one of the most important parts of your heating and cooling system. The blower motor pulls air from the return ducts in your home and forces it throughout the system. The blower motor is controlled by a belt that connects to the fan inside the unit to turn it on. Have this belt inspected annually, as well as the entire system, for signs of wear or damage. If you have a faulty blower motor, it could cause your cooling and heating bills to increase drastically. If there are any issues, replace them immediately to avoid further damage.
Preparing Your Thermostat for Summer
Test the thermostat and furnace system controls to see if they are working properly, especially the starting cycle. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows different temperature settings to be automated throughout the day. This allows you to get the best energy use for summer air conditioning. Smart thermostats can kick on before you reach home from work, remaining off when no one is home, to prevent energy wastage. Some thermostats can also be controlled from a Smartphone, so you can monitor and select your settings on the go.
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