May 17, 2023
What you need to do to prepare your air conditioning for summer months.
Summer months mean long, warm days in the sun and the need for air conditioning. On the first hot summer day the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your AC will turn on, and if it will mean a rise in your electrical bill. Here are some tips that Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends to prepare for summer.
First, for safety, make sure that the AC is completely off before inspecting the unit. There are two main components to an air conditioning system: the outdoor condensing unit and an evaporator unit, which is installed with a furnace or air handler. When an air conditioning unit sits unused for months, annual maintenance is necessary to ensure proper operation and efficiency. Ideally, have a professional do a systems check each year for optimum performance.
We also recommend inspecting the unit for any nests. Birds, mice and other wildlife could take up residence inside of the unit during the winter months which can cause damage. We also recommend clearing tree branches and trimming shrubs to clear space around the unit to ensure there is enough air flow and space for the condenser fan to operate properly.
The air filter has the important job of maintaining optimum air flow. A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and cause an unnecessary waste of energy that may lead the unit to fail. Changing air filters at least every month is a must!
After checking things over, you can turn on your air conditioning and test the system’s controls to ensure that it powers on and off properly. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which reduces energy waste by keeping your home cool when you need it most, and conserving energy while you’re away.
Denver’s high elevation means the sun beats strong on the Mile High City! Though the hot summer is a nice change from the cold winters, the dry air can have a serious impact on physical health, including chapped skin and lips, more allergies irritated by blowing pollen and dust and a harder time breathing.
One way to help manage these high altitude issues is with a whole-home humidifier. Using a humidifier in tandem with air conditioning can keep rooms cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature of the A/C and use less energy. A humidifier can make you feel cooler for longer periods of time, due to the hydrating nature of the affected air. More hydration in the air keepsskin healthy and helps breathing with summer allergies.
Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends a certified technician review and maintain air conditioning and humidifier units annually.