Summer is just around the corner, and the heat and humidity are arriving along with it. Preparing your AC unit well before the summer season begins is crucial to ensure it works efficiently and effectively when you need it most. Here are five expert tips on maintaining your AC system to keep it running smoothly throughout the summer.
1. Clean or Replace Air Filters
The first and most crucial step to prepare your AC unit for summer is cleaning or replacing your air filters. Dirty filters can significantly impact the performance and efficiency of your AC unit, leading to an increased energy bill. IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co. suggests replacing or cleaning your filters every 30-60 days during peak seasons to prevent debris build-up and promote consistent airflow.
Air filter replacements can extend the life of your AC system and reduce need for AC repair. While you can do this task yourself, a professional will go the extra mile by replacing your air filters and cleaning your ducts to ensure your home’s air is healthy and free of allergens and irritants during the summer.
2. Check Refrigerant Levels
Another critical step in preparing your AC unit for summer is inspecting the refrigerant levels. The refrigerant helps regulate the temperature inside your home, so it must be optimal. If your refrigerant is too low, it could cause your AC system to become overworked and may result in costly repairs. A professional technician can evaluate your AC unit’s refrigerant level and recommend necessary adjustments before the summer starts. An AC unit with the proper amount of refrigerant will consume less energy during operation, resulting in cost savings on your utility bill.
3. Check and Clean the Coils
Over time, dust and debris accumulate in the coils within your AC system, reducing their ability to cool your home effectively. Dirty coils also strain your air conditioner, leading to higher energy bills. At IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co., our team of experts can quickly diagnose any issues with your AC unit coils and provide a comprehensive cleaning service that will help improve your AC’s performance and save you money.
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Older thermostats are less efficient than modern, digital thermostats and cannot accurately measure your home’s temperature. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat can help you save energy with customized programming options that ensure your AC runs only when you need it and promote temperature consistency throughout your home.
Running the AC all day long when you are not home wastes energy. Upgrading your thermostat helps secure a more comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. You can set the temperature according to your schedule and access advanced features like humidity control, fan control, and more to customize your comfort. With IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co. professional installation services, you can rest assured that your new thermostat will be installed correctly, providing maximum energy savings.
5. Inspect and Seal Ductwork
Your AC unit circulates cool air throughout your home, and that air passes through your ductwork. The ducts can develop leaks over time, which can cause cool air to escape, resulting in inefficient cooling and higher energy bills. Inspecting and sealing ductwork is essential to ensure cool air reaches the rooms in your home. When your ductwork doesn’t have leaks, your system works less to maintain your home’s temperature, reducing energy bills and increasing the lifespan of your AC unit.
Sealing ductwork is not a DIY project. At IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co., our technicians can thoroughly inspect your ductwork and AC system and recommend repairs. We use specialized tools to diagnose any issues with your ductwork and repair them with minimal disruption to your household.
Schedule a Professional Tune-Up With IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co.
Preparing your AC unit for the summer season can save you money and ensure the comfort of your home throughout the hottest months of the year. If you live in Arlington Heights or the surrounding communities, scheduling a professional tune-up before the summer season begins is an excellent way to ensure your unit is ready to take on the summer heat. IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co. offers professional HVAC repair, replacement, and maintenance services. In addition, we offer humidifiers, air purifiers, boilers, and water heaters. Financing programs are available to ensure you get the service you need without delay. Contact IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today to get your AC system ready for the summer months!