Getting Ready for Air Conditioning Season Published on April 30, 2016 Summer isn’t here yet but the temperatures are definitely warming up and that means it’s time for air conditioning season. Before the summer weather is officially here and you’re running your air conditioner around the clock to stay comfortable, go ahead and call your AC service technician to visit your home and complete your annual ac maintenance. In addition to an air conditioning tune-up, there are a couple other ways you can get your home ready for the cooling season before summer is officially here to stay. Clean Your SystemNo, we aren’t implying that you should take your air conditioning unit apart, let a qualified technician do that, but you can clean up the area around your A/C to get rid of sticks and foliage that have made their way to your air conditioning unit during the windy winter and stormy spring. Cut the grass around the system and cut back any overgrown bushes or vegetation to make sure your cooling equipment is clear of debris. Keeping the airway clear can help keep your system running properly. · Change Your Home’s Air Filters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will replace your home’s basic air filters when they conduct your air conditioning tune-up as part of your scheduled A/C maintenance. You can (and should) also replace your HVAC air filters in between maintenance visits, and it’s suggested that you do so at least every 30-60 days for optimal performance. An unchanged filter accumulates dust, allergens, and germs so for the health of the people living in your home and the efficiency of your air conditioner, make sure you’re changing those filters as part of your regular cooling equipment service. Note that a clogged filter could even damage your air conditioner. Block the SunHanging blackout drapes or window shades can help keep your home cooler and avoid the sun from heating up your home. This may also help protect your furniture and floors from fading or enduring sun damage over time. · Check Alarm Batteries If you didn’t check your smoke and CO detector batteries over daylight savings, now it a great time. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your thermostat to make sure it is working properly so you don’t end up calling your air conditioning repair technician because your system isn’t working and then it ends up just being the thermostat. You could also consider purchasing a programmable thermostat so you can adjust the temperature while you’re away and save money on your utility bills. An annual A/C system tune-up service could make your air conditioner up to 30% more efficient and save you money on your utility bills. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to make sure your air conditioning system is set to keep you cool and comfortable for the summer and learn about our spring specials on air conditioning tune-ups.