Prepare Your AC for Summer03/01/2017With warmer temps close by, now is the time to prep your air conditioner. When your air conditioner is running at its best, it can trim a big amount off your energy costs! Likewise, if your air conditioning unit needs service, it could dramatically raise your costs and cause preventable and life-shortening wear and tear on your system. Having your Energy Upgrades, Inc. specialist do air conditioning service at least yearly is key to keeping your system operating at its best for the long haul. He or she can ensure the unit is running as it should be and can identify looming concerns before they happen, saving you even more money. Your expert air conditioning service should include, but is not limited to: Replacement of, or cleaning of, air filters Cleaning of condensate drain, blower components and condenser coil Lubrication of all moving parts and tightening of electrical components Performance of cooling cycle assessment DIY Preparation In addition to arranging your expert air conditioning service, there are things you can do now and occasionally throughout the year to be sure your air conditioner is at its best. Now: Uncover your outdoor unit if you kept it covered during winter. Running your AC with a cover, coil blanket or lid on it could harm your system and leave you needing big repairs or even replacement. Clear the area by your AC. Be sure there are no shrubs, weeds, flowers, etc. growing too close to your AC unit because they might obstruct airflow through your AC. Also ensure there aren’t piles of leaves or mulch blocking any aspect of it. Through the year: While your filters could be cleaned or replaced during your expert air conditioning service, it’s important for you to look at them monthly and swap them out per the manufacturer’s suggestion. Every home has different needs when it comes to air filter replacement, relying on things like owning house pets or having home construction throughout the year. Having your ducts cleaned routinely will also ensure your air conditioner is able to run efficiently and will help you maintain a comfortable home. By following these simple, proactive steps, you’ll be doing everything you can to ensure your air conditioner will be prepped for whatever summer brings your way. Give the experts at Energy Upgrades, Inc. a call at [[phonenumber]] or arrange an appointment online.