Facing temperatures in the 80s and 90s this spring, folks in Tallahassee, Florida, are prepping their air conditioners now to enjoy efficient cooling when they need it most. Be mindful of the following tips to ensure you’re ready for the state’s lengthy warm season.
Clear the Outside Unit
One of the easiest things you can do to prep your air conditioner is to clear any clutter or debris from the exterior unit. An AC unit needs a clear, unobstructed airflow, so when it’s riddled with tree branches, weeds, grass, and other obstructions, your air conditioner won’t work as intended.
Make sure there are at least two feet of clear space surrounding your exterior AC unit. This may involve relocating wood piles, trimming shrubs, and pulling weeds, but the extra work is worth it to experience a more energy-efficient air conditioning system.
Change the Filter
You should already be changing your air filters every one to three months, but you definitely want to inspect the AC’s filter before turning on the system in the spring. A clogged filter reduces the unit’s airflow and freezes the cooling coil, which can cause the unit to shut down altogether. Your HVAC technician will change your AC filter during your annual HVAC maintenance service, but you should also keep an eye on all the filters throughout your home, changing them as needed.
Schedule Your AC Service
Experts recommend having your HVAC system serviced twice per year, just before the heating and cooling seasons. Late winter and early spring are prime times to have your air conditioner inspected for signs of wear and tear. Your AC technician will also clean and calibrate the system so it’s ready to face Florida’s sweltering summer season. This is also the time to have any worn parts or outdated systems replaced.
Don’t put off having your AC serviced any longer. Contact Advanced Air Care Heating & Cooling at 850-688-9265 to schedule your next air conditioning maintenance.
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