When the heat of summer set in, your home and its interior will heat up to an uncomfortable temperature if your air conditioner is not maintained and ready to go. Keeping your air conditioner in good condition is a process. You need to keep an eye on the system all year to avoid having problems when you need it most. Here are some recommendations for you to use this summer to keep your air conditioner working its best to cool your home.
Keep Up On Its Maintenance
One of the first and most important parts of keeping your air conditioner to work properly is keep it cleaned and maintained. It is best to hire a professional to maintain your unit each year with a tune-up. Schedule this in the early spring before the summer heat arrives so you can handle any repairs early and make sure your AC is ready to go.
Your AC service technician will check the motor, blower, and refrigerant levels. Then, they will clean the coils and any condensation clogs along with checking the supply lines to make sure the system is ready to go.
During the tune-up, your maintenance professional will determine if any parts are in disrepair or need replacement. Then, they can replace them on the spot so your unit is ready to run.
Run It Efficiently
Once your air conditioner is in top condition and ready to work well, you need to be sure to do what you can to your home and surrounding areas outside to keep your AC cooling your home as much as possible. The more humidity that is inside your home's air, the less cool the air will feel. When there is an excess of moisture in your home, any small amount of higher temperature will feel more uncomfortable than if the humidity was lower.
If you have a dehumidifier in your home, use it or buy one you can set up to run continuously. Everyday activities in your home can put a large amount of humidity into the air that will thwart your efforts to cool it off. If your air conditioner has a dehumidifier, make sure it is working fully. Sometimes the dehumidifier in your unit can become dirty and clogged, so keeping this clean is important.
If your air conditioner has a compressor that sits outside, the north side of your home is the best spot for it because it can be out of the direct sunlight. Otherwise, try to shade the unit with vegetation, such as trees or large bushes. But be sure the vegetation is set a few feet from the compressor so it does not get in the way of its function, airflow, and maintenance.
To learn more, contact an air conditioning maintenance contractor.