It’s about time to shut off your furnace because spring has arrived! Warmer weather brings flowers, fresh air, sunshine… and pollen, spiking temperatures, and AC bills. Is your air conditioning ready for spring? Here’s what you need to know:
Limit Open Windows
Those breezes are refreshing, but they aren’t just blowing in crisp air and the smell of flowers. They also carry allergens to every corner of your home. If it is stuffy, by all means air the place out for a few minutes. Try to do this on days with lower pollen counts and remember to close the window again.
Check and Change Your Filters
Speaking of allergens, the one filter in your AC system won’t work properly if it’s overloaded. Having the filter regularly changed can make a big difference in your home’s air quality.
Keep a Consistent Temperature
If you have a non-programmable thermostat, resist the urge to keep adjusting it. Spring is when temperatures are in transition, sometimes with hot days and cold nights. Fiddling with the settings can increase your utility costs so hold off until you’re sure the weather has changed for good.
Unblock Your Condenser
Your air conditioner and heat pump both need steady airflow to function. They can get blocked by a lot of things including dead leaves, broken branches from winter storms, and grass clippings. Try to keep debris away from the condenser. If you think it’s gotten blocked, check out the next tip.
Call for Central Air Repair
If your AC system has broken down or simply isn’t running like it should, this is the season to get on top of the problem. Call your local HVAC company for central air repair and troubleshooting. They’ll get your system into shape so you can have a comfortable summer.
Infographic provided by American Residential Services, Inc., a heating system repair company