Spring is on the way, make sure your air conditioning unit is ready!
When we think of spring, we think of may things. This includes cleaning. In our neck of the woods, we love spring but we know that means summer is around the corner and it can get pretty hot. Spring cleaning does not have to be just about the visual aspects of your home. Give some attention to your air conditioning unit to maximize performance and lower those utility bills. Woo woo!
Be sure to clean your outdoor AC unit
Central air is compiled of two main units. Inside, the evaporator coil, and outside is the compressor and the big block looking thing that houses it. If the winter has left debris, leaves, or anything else cluttering your outdoor unit (particularly the fan), give this a cleaning as it can limit the efficiency of your system. You can do this by simply getting out the garden hose and spraying off your unit. This will not harm the unit and is able to give it a cleaning like it needs.
Schedule an Inspection and Tune-Up
Lancaster Heating and Air recommends having your system tuned up twice a year. Tune ups usually cover and inspection of your system and more. It is important that you have you system checked by a professional HVAC contractor. Having your system looked at is not only good for the efficiency of the entire system, but it is a good preventative maintenance process that can save you time and money in the long run. Leaks can be undetectable without the proper equipment and when you think everything looks and sounds okay, it really is not.
Test out your AC before using it for the season
We all love to keep our ac or furnace off if we do not need to use it to cut down on bills but, giving your AC a test drive before the warm weather comes is a very good idea. It is better to catch a problem with your system before you actually need your air conditioning on a hot summer day. Make sure you take this vital step to ensure you are not stuck in the heat.
Purchase a new thermostat
Older thermostats are not able to account for the way you use your home. Newer programmable thermostats let you set temperatures for different times of the day. Perhaps you are gone most of the day, set your thermostat to a warmer temperature to cut down on the use of your air conditioning unit while you are not there. If you know you are going to be home around a certain time of day, this allows you to have your system turn on and start cooling your home so it is ready for you when you arrive.
A home that is not insulated well can be a big problem. Not only will it leave you cold or hot depending on the time of year, but it will drastically have an impact on your utility bills. The best ac unit is no match for a home that is not properly insulated. If you have noticed issues with this in your home, we advise you to take care of it while the weather is mild.