Over the past couple of weeks, winter has been losing its grip on the surrounding area, and with that knowledge in mind, we all know that the warmer temperatures of spring are just around the corner. Temperatures will soon start to climb, and when that happens you can quickly find yourself flipping the switch on your home’s HVAC system from “heat” to “cool”. Before you make that switch, however, it is important to make sure that your home’s air conditioning system is in the kind of shape it needs to be to both keep you and your family comfortable inside your home, and to be able to do so without costing you a fortune in your monthly energy bills. To help you in this endeavor, our team of professionals here at Colorado Discount Heating & Cooling taken the time to put together this short list of tips to help guide you through the process of preparing your home’s air conditioning system for the onset of the spring season.
Check Your Thermostat
One important thing to do before your air conditioning system goes into more frequent use this spring it to ensure that your thermostat is working properly. To do this, you will want to turn down the temperature until it reaches the cool setting. Once this is done, you should stand near a vent and ensure that your air conditioning system starts producing a stream of cool air within a few moments. If your system either isn’t producing cool air, or it takes a little while to do so, it might be in your best interests to call in a professional and get your issues taken care of quickly. Waiting to get the repairs you need for your system is a great way to find yourself stuck in a position without air conditioning when you would like it most. As spring and summer get into full swing, it can be much more difficult to schedule an appointment for air conditioning repairs as many other homeowners will be clamoring for the same thing. Let our Denver AC experts here at Colorado Discount Heating & Cooling give you some tips.
Replace Your AC Filters
This is one of the most important things you can do for your air conditioning system. After so many months without a great deal of use, this is most likely one of the first things that should be done for your system. In most cases, you should look to change out your HVAC system’s air filters at least every month or so in order to keep your system functioning at peak efficiency. Your air filters act as a barrier for your system, allowing it to intake the air it needs to function while trapping the dust, debris, and other contaminants that threaten to invade your system and rob it of its performance. A dirty filter can cause your air conditioning system to work harder to perform the same job, putting unneeded strain on the system which can result in damage and even full breakdowns over time.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
Your home’s outdoor unit can be particularly vulnerable to the elements, and as such, it is important to make sure it get the cleaning it needs in the spring before it has to start working hard in the summer. You will want to closely inspect the outdoor unit, or have a professional do so, and clean it gently with a brush and cloth. After doing so, you will want to make sure that all debris and obstructions are cleared our from the grills and away from the coils as this can have a severe impact on your system’s performance. If you elect to do this cleaning yourself, you need to make sure that your do so gently, as too much pressure can actually bend the fins around the condenser coil, interfering with your unit’s ability to successfully dissipate heat.