The overbearing summer heat is coming, which means that your AC unit will be putting in overtime for the next couple months to keep your home cool. This tall request requires your system to be in top working order, meaning you should get a routine check-up of the entire unit to ensure everything is working correctly before the brutality of summer catches up. Luckily, Champion AC has all the tips you need to set your HVAC system up for success!
Steps For AC Health In The Summer
Clean and Replace Your Filter
You should replace your filters every 1-2 months to ensure no dust or pollutant is hanging around in your system for longer than it should. Having a clean filter for air to flow through allows your system to work at peak efficiency – the more clogged a filter is, the more work your AC unit has to put in to cool your home. The more work your unit puts in, the less energy efficient it is for your bill.
Clean Your Ductwork (if you have it)
If you’re not having any problems with your air flow throughout your home, you probably don’t need to check or clean out your ductwork. But, double-checking that your ducts don’t have a large amount of dust accumulated throughout ensures you save yourself money on your energy bill throughout the summer months.
Preventative maintenance on your ducts is an invaluable method for your home to maintain peak energy efficiency. By having your ductwork checked by a professional, you can iron out any wrinkle in your system like an unsealed duct or an animal taking shelter within it. If your system doesn’t have any ductwork, this saves you a step on checking that your AC unit is running smoothly.
Clean Your Condenser Coils
The condenser coils in your AC unit keep the refrigerant in liquid form, which helps release the heat collected in the air. Any debris or dirt build-up can cause your condenser coils to overheat, which can lead to less efficient airflow and your unit potentially overworking and dying in the summer.
Any debris – like leaves, dirt, grass or plants – that gets stuck within the coils should be gently removed in the spring months before the summer starts up to ensure nothing is blocking the flow of air. Use a soft cloth or a can of pressurized air to remove any pollutants. Be sure to not bend any fins while doing this! If you are unsure on how to clean out your condensers safely, call a professional to do it for you.
Get an AC Tune-Up
Without proper maintenance, your AC unit won’t run efficiently or function properly when you need it most. At Champion AC, we offer seasonal tune-ups to check on your unit and see what needs to be replaced or fixed before the grueling summer heat sets in. Tune-ups make sure that every aspect of your unit is running effectively to preserve a homeowner’s peace of mind.
The best time to have a tune-up is during the fall or spring, giving your unit time to adjust to a change in weather and have any problems fixed well ahead of the seasonal weather schedule. Our seasonal tune-ups consist of a 17-point checklist to inspect every single part that makes your unit function and run smoothly.
For more information on how to keep your AC cool all summer long, contact Champion AC for a cooler tomorrow.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.