Spring 2017 – Air Conditioning Checklist

ac unit tune-up

Spring is the best time to open your windows and let the fresh air into your home. It’s not too hot and not too cold and the spring breeze adds a refreshing feel to your home after being closed up all winter.

Although you might not need your air conditioning unit just quite yet, here are some tips to help prepare your unit for summer:

Tune-up
The best time to schedule your annual air conditioning tune-up is in the spring, before you actually need to use your A/C unit. If there is something wrong with your unit, this gives you plenty of time to get it fixed or replaced before you actually need to use it. This way you’re not sitting in a house that’s 85 degrees desperately waiting for the air conditioning to be repaired.

Upgrade
Think back to last summer, did your unit do an efficient job at keeping your home cool? Did it constantly run and was there a dramatic increase in your energy bill? If the answers to these questions aren’t good, then you should really consider trading in your unit for a new more efficient one. A new energy efficient HVAC unit will not only keep your home comfortably cool during the hot summer months, but will save you money on your electric bill.

Air filter
Take the time now to change or clean your air filter. Once your air conditioning unit kicks on, you don’t want the dust, hair and other debris that has been collecting during winter to blow all over your home. This will help prepare your unit for use this summer. Consider investing in a more permanent air filter, one that all you have to do is wash.

Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home yet, now is the time to make the switch and upgrade. This type of thermostat allows you to control the exact temperature in your home – so you can be more comfortable on those hot days, and turn the temperature up when you’re away to help you cut costs.

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