Is My AC Ready for Summer?
We sure hope your A/C is ready for summer since the temps are now soaring to typical Hotlanta numbers! If you are like many, and haven’t put much thought into maintaining your A/C just yet, here are a number of tips that will help you prevent unnecessary breakdowns. When Atlanta temperatures rise, we see a drastic influx of A/C repair and replacement calls come into the office – if you are hot, so is everyone else! As the phones ring off the hook, we find that many homeowners take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to their home maintenance. With a little preplanning and preparedness, you too can avoid that mad rush to stop the hot air coming from your AC vents and get back to ice cold summer comfort.
Did You Set Your Preventative A/C Maintenance Appointment?
Don’t delay. Do it now. As soon as the temperature rises, HVAC company schedules start to fill up with tune up’s and preventative maintenance visits. You may not get yours performed next day due to demand, but get yours scheduled anyway. Preventative Maintenance extends the life of your system and may even catch a potential cause of breakdown. A good rule of thumb: at the first sign of spring, call your trusted HVAC company to get on the schedule for a cooling tune up. In the meantime, follow the next steps to make sure that you are not causing any additional wear on your system.
The last thing every homeowner wants is to have an HVAC system breakdown on the hottest day of the year. We hear it all of the time, “I have company coming this weekend and my A/C went out!” Don’t let that be you, and take these few easy steps in preparing your home for cooling season. While you may not see the rewards as easily if your system stays running, you will definitely feel the heat when it breaks down. Casteel can help you maintain your system and prevent breakdowns with a scheduled A/C tune up. Contact Casteel today!
Change your Air Filter if it is dirty.
This is the #1 cause of AC breakdowns and is an easy task for the homeowner to take on. Set a reminder in your phone to replace your filter regularly, and buy them in bulk so you don’t have to think about purchasing them at the last minute. Even better, label each filter for the month it is to go into the system. All of these little preparedness steps will help keep your airflow unlabored due to excessing dirt.
Go outside and get a visual of your outdoor unit.
Is it overgrown with weeds, bushes or grass? Is it dirty and dusty? Is there anything blocking air flow? Trim away all unnecessary landscaping and take the water hose to the unit to rinse it off. Do not use harsh chemicals. Leave the deep cleaning to the professionals and just give it a nice rinse to make sure that again, there is nothing blocking air flow.
Double check your thermostat settings.
If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat just yet, you may want to consider having one installed. Some thermostats even learn your schedule, such as the Nest thermostat, and can save you up 20-30% on your energy bills. Make sure your thermostat is at a schedule that suits yours and is not keeping your system running endlessly when no one is home. Those extra hours do put wear on your system. Set the thermostat to turn back on 30 minutes-1 hour before your arrival. Remember many scheduled change come summer breaks from school, adjust accordingly.
If you have blinds or ceiling fans, use them.
The hot summer sun can increase the temperature of your home. When no one is home, keep those blinds closed. You will run your system less and keep the inside cooler without the additional stress on your HVAC unit. While a ceiling fan does not actually cool the air, it does work hand in hand with your HVAC system to distribute the cool air throughout the home. Make sure the blades are set to the appropriate direction for the season. By running the fan, you feel cooler due to the air movement - take advantage of that!