It’s time to think about getting your air conditioner in shape for the coming warm weather. Last year was the warmest year on record, as was the previous year, and there’s no reason to believe that this year won’t follow suit.
It’s more important than ever, then, to get your AC unit ready for another year of record heat. Here are three essential tasks to complete this spring so your unit will be ready when it’s needed most.
1. Clear the Debris from Your Outside Unit
This is something you can do yourself on a nice spring weekend. In order for the unit’s condenser (outside unit) to work properly, it needs a clear, unobstructed flow of air around it.
Make sure there’s at least two feet of space on all sides of the condenser, unobstructed by shrubs, wood piles, low-lying branches, etc.
Because it’s outside, the condenser’s fan sucks in a combination of leaves, dirt, and pollen. A good cleaning with a hose will help it run at peak efficiency..
2. Get an AC System Tune-Up
We recommend an annual tune-up for all air conditioners and furnaces. They will keep your system running smoothly and greatly reduce the chance of unexpected breakdowns. Tune-ups entail several steps such as cleaning the coil, checking the condensate-removal system, testing the pump, inspecting refrigerant lines and ductwork and making any necessary repairs.
Just as your car needs basic maintenance (oil changes and a tune-ups) to continue to perform well, so does your AC system. Ignore it, and you’ll end up regretting it, probably during a heatwave when it’s running continuously!
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3. Change the Filter
A badly clogged filter slows down the airflow through the blower unit, which allows the cooling coil to ice up. This could cause your unit to shut down. Ideally, filters should be checked monthly, and changed if when dirty. Your heating and cooling professional will do this as part of your system tune-up, and show you how to check and change filters when needed.
Air Purifiers Keep Indoor Air Healthier
Since really hot weather tends to drive people indoors, at least during the hottest part of the day, it’s worth considering an air purification system to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality keeps your family healthy and comfortable. Spring is notorious for allergens and air purifiers keep them out of your home and the air you breathe.
Our Air Scrubber Plus system uses positive and negative charges (ions) to attract air contaminants to each other causing them to clump together so they become large enough to be caught by your system’s filter. The process also keeps your unit’s coil cleaner and your family healthier. If you have someone in your home who suffers from allergies, air purifiers will make a big difference.
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UV Lamps Eliminate Bacteria, Mold, and Mildew
Another step you can take to make the air in your home cleaner is adding a UV lamp to your system. These lamps take care of the contaminants that are biological in nature — namely, mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses.
These can settle on surfaces inside your air conditioning system and circulate through the air in your home. UV germicidal lamps rid your home of these contaminants by emitting rays of ultraviolet light that kill them. The great thing about UV germicidal lamps is that they work continuously, even when your system is turned off.
Make sure your air conditioner is ready for spring by following these simple steps and you’ll have a comfortable summer.