As temperatures start to climb in Denver entering the summer months, you will be grateful to have a working air conditioner. We recommend being proactive in springtime by hiring an HVAC professional to ensure your system will work efficiently for the hotter months.
By choosing a trusted HVAC company with high-quality service, and by following these six pointers on caring for your air conditioner, you will be well prepared for summer with a reliably functioning system.
1. Clean the Condenser Unit
Debris tends to accumulate around the condenser unit outside your home– you know, that big noisy machine that you have to carefully navigate around when you’re mowing the lawn close to the house.
When preparing the air conditioner for the season, a condenser clear of debris on top and around the unit is a great first step to ensure the system functions optimally. You will also want to keep it clean throughout the summer.
2. Clean the Ducts
Dirt, dust, and debris that build up inside the system create an airflow issue. Your HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air throughout the house using more energy and driving up your utility bill. We can’t neglect to mention the invisible elephant in the room…poor air quality!
Dirty ducts mean dirty air, and in the context of a pandemic, we just can’t afford to have less than healthy air quality in our homes. A professional can clean your air ducts and help you save your money and your health.
3. Replace Air Filters
Think about a mask you would wear to protect yourself from coronavirus. You would not want to wear a dirty mask or a mask that restricts your breathing. The same thinking should apply to the air filter in your HVAC system.
Your air filter acts in the same way a mask does for your body– it keeps allergens, pollen, contagions, and dust from entering the indoor duct system and circulating your home, which can lead to exacerbated allergy symptoms and hay fever.
You should change your air filter after having your air conditioning unit inspected or cleaned. Experts also recommend replacing them every month to three months– one of many regular maintenance tasks required for the upkeep of an HVAC system.
4. Check Fans & Insulation
If your thermostat has a fan switch, flip it on to test whether the fan is working. If you don’t hear it switch on, you’ll need the help of a professional.
It’s also important to check the insulation around the coolant lines, which connect the condenser unit outside to the house. If the insulation looks ripped or damaged, you will need to replace it.
5. Turn Off the Humidifier
Despite Denver’s low humidity, you will want to turn off your humidifier if the furnace has one. A/C systems keep the temperature low by removing humidity from the space they are cooling.
6. Schedule Pre-Season Maintenance with a Professional
By caring for your air conditioning system and preparing it adequately for summer, you can catch small issues early on and save yourself from costly repairs later. It’s best to get your system checked by an expert before you turn on your air conditioner for the summer.
Day & Night Mechanical is a family-owned and operated company that provides air conditioning service, repair, and installation in the Denver Metro Area. If you’re interested in air conditioning alternatives to the traditional HVAC system, we have recommendations for you.