As summer heats up, the air conditioning system in your home will be put to the test. For new homeowners, this can be particularly nerve-wracking because you don’t know all the ins and outs of your system yet. Here are a few tips to help you and your home stay cool through your first summer together.
- Change the Air Filter: If you’ve just moved in and haven’t changed the filter yet, go ahead and do it. You can’t be sure how long it’s been since the previous owner changed it, so it’s best to start fresh. That way you’ll know your HVAC is getting proper airflow, and you can make sure that a high-quality filter is keeping your air clean.
- Check the Batteries: If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be cutting on at the right temperature, or isn’t coming on at all, the first thing to do is put fresh batteries in the thermostat. Again, there’s no telling how long it’s been since the previous owner replaced them, and a thermostat with dead batteries can look the same as an actual breakdown. Save yourself from an unnecessary service call by making sure it’s not just the batteries first.
- Let the Air Flow: If your home seems to be cooling unevenly, don’t assume that it’s a problem with the air conditioning without checking airflow first. Make sure all of the registers are open and that none of them are blocked by furniture, drapes, or carpets. And of course, make sure there’s nothing blocking the air intake too.
- Clean Up Landscaping: It’s also important that nothing blocks the airflow around the outside unit of your HVAC. Cut back or remove any shrubs, monkey grass, or other vegetation that’s growing within two feet of the outside unit. But be careful not to damage the unit in the process! Don’t use gas/electric trimmers close to your HVAC. They can clip wires or damage the fins and coils.
- Prepare for Power Problems: Summer storms bring power surges and outages. Adding a surge protector to your HVAC unit can help to keep it safe. Turning off your air conditioner when storms are nearby can also help. Collect emergency supplies such as candles, flashlights, and non-perishable food, and consider getting a generator for your home so that you can keep cool even during longer outages.
- Make a Plan: A Service Partner Plan Agreement with a reputable, licensed HVAC company will establish a relationship you’ll be glad to have if your air conditioning goes out on one of those crazy-hot summer days. Plus, our SPP includes preventive maintenance twice a year, which will help to ensure that the air conditioner in your new home runs as efficiently and reliably as possible, keeping you cool and comfortable for years to come.