With the first hot days of summer coming up, it is important to make sure your air conditioner is working optimally. Spending a little time checking on your AC will not only help you stay cool, but also save you money on electric bills. Follow these few tips to help you stay cool this summer.
Remove Any Cover
Is your AC unit outside? Many households own AC units that reside outside, meaning they cover them in the winter months to keep snow off and forget to remove the cover in the spring. This cover needs to come off when the machine is in use, as extra weight on the machine will cause strain and a loss in efficiency. In fact, any obstruction should be cleared away from the AC. With outside units, this means sticks, bushes or dirt getting in the way of the ventilation. Simply clearing the way will help the unit operate more efficiently.
Replace the Filter
Every AC unit, whether outdoors or indoors, has a filter. Each day these filters pick up more debris than you would imagine. Extra debris in the filter will eventually cause the filter to tear, releasing debris into the system causing the machine to work less efficiently. Experts recommend that a filter should be changed monthly in peak seasons. Contact The Barton Boys with any questions on how to replace your AC filter.
Clean the Inside
The inside of the AC unit should not be neglected. Simply using a soft brush or vacuum on the inside of the unit will help the unit stay in good shape. The water pan is an important area to keep clean. Dirt will find its way in the pan which will eventually end up in the rest of the A/C, even caking up along the sides. Another area to pay attention to is the evaporator coils. The evaporator coil will build up dirt and mold which will cause a decrease in efficiency, but also hurt the comfortability of the house. Evaporator coils play an important role in airflow, and less airflow will definitely be noticed. Experts recommend cleaning the evaporator coil once a year.
We recommend doing these simple steps in the beginning of the warmer months to ensure the most comfortable summer. If you have any questions or would like assistance in checking your A/C, don’t hesitate to contact The Barton Boys Heating and Cooling by visiting our website or calling us at (509) 892-5300.