The time has come to prepare for the summer heat. In the summer, you’ll need your HVAC system to be in top condition, with the capacity to effectively cool down your living spaces. You probably haven’t turned on your AC since last summer, so it’s wise to get ready before the sweltering temperatures strike.
We’re here to help you prepare your Lakewood HVAC system for the coming summer season. By ensuring that your air conditioner is ready to go before the temperatures seriously rise, you’ll enjoy a comfortable home when the hot weather strikes.
AC Filter Maintenance
Taking care of your air conditioner’s filter is one of the most effective (and simplest!) ways to prep your HVAC system for the summer season. Regularly changing or cleaning your AC filter has several benefits, given that dust and debris can quickly accumulate in the filter. Left alone, this accumulated debris may eventually start to circulate throughout your home, diminishing the air quality. Additionally, the debris trapped in the air filter will restrict the AC’s circulation, making the system less effective at keeping your home cool.
How Often To Change The AC Filter
Make sure to change your AC filter before turning it on for the first time this summer. Then, at a minimum, air conditioner filters should be changed every three months. But, for the best possible energy efficiency, change the filter every one to two months. Households with furry pets will likely need to change the AC filter every month due to the buildup of pet dander.
The ducts in your Lakewood HVAC system are likely to have naturally accumulated dust and debris during the winter months. This is to be expected, but it will also reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner while it’s on during the summer. So, in addition to cleaning the air filter, have the ducts professionally cleaned as you prepare your air conditioner for the summer. Having the ducts cleaned regularly can also protect the longevity of your HVAC system, given that accumulated debris will force the system to work harder.
Clean The Outdoor AC Unit
How clean is the area around your outdoor AC unit? Although this unit is outside and, therefore, more difficult to keep clean, dirt and debris will keep the unit from working optimally. Leaves, pine needles, twigs, dirt, and other types of debris can encroach upon the outdoor unit, potentially getting inside of the unit with time. So, ahead of the summer season, clean around the outdoor AC unit. At least three feet around the perimeter of the unit should be kept clean so that your air conditioner can operate as efficiently as possible.
The condenser coils are essential to the operation of your outdoor AC unit. The coils get rid of the hot gas and allow the evaporator coil to continue absorbing heat. If outdoor debris gets inside of the outdoor AC unit and accumulates on the condenser coils, your AC unit won’t cool your home as effectively as it should.
Your Lakewood HVAC experts can inspect your outdoor AC unit, including the condenser coils. If the coils are dirty, the unit may need to be professionally cleaned before you turn the AC on for the summer.
Schedule Any Needed AC Repairs
If your unit needs any Lakewood AC repairs, make sure to schedule them now. Your Lakewood HVAC unit needs to be inspected once per year to ensure that it’s working properly. Even a small issue could lower the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit, so it’s wise to take care of any problems as soon as possible. Your HVAC team will also be able to identify potential issues and advise you on how to prevent damage to the system.
We recommend scheduling any AC repairs along with the HVAC inspection now, before the heat of the summer arrives. This will ensure that your system is set to operate efficiently when you need its cooling power the most.
If you’re in need of Lakewood HVAC services, including AC repairs, inspection, or replacement, contact Comfort Pros today.