Summer will be here soon, which means that homes everywhere will start running their air conditioning almost nonstop. To make sure that your air conditioner is ready for the heat, follow this short checklist.
Change Your Air Filter
Even though you should be changing your HVAC system’s air filter every month, many people forget to do this. Since you’re checking your air conditioner to make sure it’s in good working condition anyway, use it as a reminder to change your air filter if you haven’t already this month.
Clear Your Outdoor Unit
Most homes have an outdoor unit as part of their air conditioning system. Since your air conditioner probably hasn’t been used in months, there’s a good chance that your outdoor unit is covered in leaves, branches, and other debris that could restrict air flow to and from your home. Clear out this debris before you need to use your air conditioner this summer.
Reprogram Your Thermostat
If you have a reprogrammable thermostat, you will need to program it to better suit your home for the summer. You can decide for yourself what temperature you want to keep your home at, but the most energy efficient setting is 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and 88 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re away.
Schedule a Maintenance Call
Even though there are things you can do by yourself when it comes to your air conditioner, there are many more things that are best left to professionals. Every spring, you should contact a heating and cooling contractor to perform some routine maintenance on your HVAC system just to make sure that your air conditioner is in good working order. There are plenty of contractors near you that you can find by googling “residential air conditioning Bradenton FL,” so find one near you and schedule a maintenance call. Even if you have no real repairs that need to be made, it will be far easier to fix a minor issue before it grows into a serious problem.