Summer HVAC Tips for Air Conditioning Maintenance
When temperatures rise in Illinois during the hotter months of the year, air conditioners get to work to cool things down. This extra effort on the part of your HVAC system means it will need some additional attention to keep doing its job efficiently and effectively. Along with scheduling an a/c inspection, there are some other things you can do to help your cooling system out in the summer. We offer tips below.
Clean or Change the Filter
A good place to start with air conditioning maintenance is with your filter. The general recommendations with filter changes or cleanings range from every 30 days to every 3-6 months for more high-end filters. However, if you share your home with pets or have issues with indoor allergens, you may want to change or clean it somewhere in the once a month range.
Clean Condenser Coils
Condenser coils are found on the outside part of your air conditioner, and they help transfer indoor heat out of your home. They can also become covered with dust and debris over time, which can affect their efficiency. Clean these coils by turning off your HVAC system first and spraying them with water.
Clean and/or Check Other Parts You Can Safely Access
With wires and anything else electrical, it’s best to simply visually inspect these parts and connections. If you notice anything worn, loose, frayed, or damaged in any other way, contact a professional HVAC company for further assistance.
As long as you’re doing a visual inspection of your cooling system, check the following parts:
- Condensate drain lines for clogs
- The fins for any issues with misalignment or other damage – e.g., bent or crushed fins
- Refrigerant lines for leaks
You can also vacuum the fins with a soft-bristle brush. Also with cleaning, remove any debris from the outside unit. Clear away weeds or high grass from the area immediately around the exterior unit.
Make Sure Vents Are Unobstructed
On the inside, make sure vents or registers that disperse conditioned air aren’t blocked by furniture or other obstructions. Even if only some vents are blocked, your HVAC will have to work harder to compensate and maintain the desired temperature. Also, check the accessible parts of your ducts or vents to look for accumulated dust or dirt you can safely vacuum away.
Consider a Programmable Thermostat
If you still have a standard thermostat for your HVAC system, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Some models even learn your preferred patterns with temperature so settings can be adjusted automatically to make your AC run even more efficiently. The added accuracy with settings can also add up to significant savings!
Schedule an A/C Inspection Today
Typically, summers in Illinois range from warm to hot, and humidity can be an issue as well. Heatwaves also occasionally affect this part of the country. This means your AC will likely be doing a lot of work in the summer, and this is why we recommend contacting a professional HVAC company to schedule an inspection. Ideally, it’s a good idea to have an inspection done before summer officially begins, but you’re welcome to contact us any time you want to make sure your HVAC system is operating with maximum efficiency.