Avoid an Unpleasant Summer by Preparing Your AC Properly
Texas might not get the same harsh winters that states in the northern USA do, but that just means that when it gets hot here, it gets REALLY hot. And that can mean bad news for both human comfort, and electronics that need a cooler environment to operate in.
That’s why it’s a good thing that modern technology like air conditioners gives us a more controlled, comfortable environment to live and work in.
However, with bigger, more centralized AC systems, there are some good, preparatory maintenance duties you should carry out before summer really gets cooking.
Go Out & Look Over Your Condenser
The most common central AC systems have a much larger piece of hardware that is installed just outside the home.
This is called the condenser.
It is designed to draw in air from the outside, bring its temperature down by using a coolant, then pumping that into another machine, often a furnace, where it can then be circulated throughout the home.
The condenser has to have a lot of exposed areas protected by grating.
So it’s not unusual, especially after a change of season, for the condenser to accumulate debris inside which can affect its performance.
If you have trees or other plants on your property, check to see if your condenser has leaves, and clean it out before going back into heavy usage for the season.
Remember To Put In a New Filter
One of the most common configurations for an HVAC system is to integrate the cooling power of the AC with the existing infrastructure of a furnace.
That means that both heating and cooling systems share the same network of vents, as well as the filter.
Though it is more efficient, this also means that the filter is used throughout the year.
If you want to make sure your HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency, you should swap out the filter for a new one every three months.
This is important not just for efficiency, but for health.
The filter screens out things like pollens that may cause allergies, or fur from pets.
Take Advantage of Your Thermostat Features
Homes with older thermostat controls, especially analog systems, should consider getting an upgrade to a modern, digital system.
Newer thermostats are often more accurate than their older counterparts, which means that your AC isn’t working any harder than it needs to.
But there’s a lot of increased efficiency and convenience in a new thermostat.
They can be programed to cool down the house automatically on your preferred schedule.
This means the AC isn’t active during the day when you’re not at home, but can start cooling down just in time for you to walk in the door to an already cool, comfortable home.
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