Even though it may not feel like it, the hottest days of the year are almost behind us. Now is the time to give our A/C systems, which have been working overtime to keep us cool and comfortable, some much needed TLC. Here are a few pointers to keep your air conditioning and heating system running smoothly as we enter the fall and winter months.
1. Clean Your A/C Unit
Physically cleaning out the outdoor A/C unit is a good place to start. Hose down the unit thoroughly and remove any visible debris (twigs, small branches, leaves, etc.). For your safety, remember to shut off the unit before performing any DIY maintenance.
2. Clear the Area Around the Unit
It’s important to always check the area around your outside unit as debris can have an effect on how well your unit performs. Overcrowded units can cause improper air flow to your unit which can affect the unit’s performance, lifespan, and can lead to costly repairs. Make sure you check for limbs, overgrown shrubbery, and any other barriers when inspecting your unit outside. A good rule of thumb is to ensure there are two feet of clearance around your outside unit.
3. Check Your Air Ducts
Your home’s A/C has likely been running nonstop for months, meaning your air ducts may be due for a cleaning. Check for signs of build-up, such as layers of dust or debris on air return registers and vents in your home. Having clean ducts improves the performance of your HVAC system and helps to maintain your indoor air quality (along with swapping out air filters as needed).
4. Get a Professional Maintenance Check
Fall is a great time to schedule a routine tune-up with a professional HVAC company. During this maintenance visit, your technician will perform a thorough inspection of the unit and give it a deep clean to ensure it remains at peak-performance. Coolant levels, system controls, and individual components will also be checked and adjusted to meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
By following these maintenance steps as temperatures begin to cool down, your home’s A/C unit will be prepared for fall and beyond. At A/C Designs we offer an affordable maintenance program that helps keep your a/c unit working properly throughout the year. Contact our team today to keep you comfortable year round!