Though the people in the Vegas Valley are still enduring warm temperatures, we are seeing the signs that the temperatures are beginning to cool down. As the temperatures continue to drop, you will be depending on your central cooling system less and less. Now is the perfect time to begin prepping your system for the off-season and prepare the heating system for use. We at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share some tips and reminders to get your home ready for fall.
1) Clean Around Outside AC Condenser Unit
By the tail-end of summer, the area surrounding the condenser unit gets an accumulation of dirt, grime, weeds, leaves and debris as well as encroaching vegetation from trees, grass and other landscape plants. The air flow can easily be disrupted, which hinders the overall efficiency of your unit when the clutter and collection of compacted soil builds up. Ensure the weeds are pulled and the vegetation is cut back including the pruning of trees, trimming the branches on the bushes and shrubs, as well as the grass. Gently rinse away any dirt and grit from the unit, if you are uncertain, a professional typically includes this service with a tune-up which is ideal this time of year.
2) Clean or Change the Air Filters
Though it is the simplest maintenance step homeowners can do, and it should be done throughout the year, cleaning or changing the air filter, depending on the type you use, is the most commonly overlooked step. When the filters have reached their limit, it is important they are changed out. It is recommended that the filters get replaced once a month, but they should never exceed past 3 months, especially with homes that have pets, indoor smoking, and people with asthma and/or allergies living there. Filters that are filled to capacity affect the indoor air quality and most importantly, they restrict air flow will first cause the efficiency to drop until it eventually puts too much strain on the unit, and it breaks down.
3) Adjust the Thermostat
As the nights are cooling down, your programmable and smart thermostats need and adjustment to reflect your preferences and the cooler evenings and early mornings.
4) Schedule a Professional Air Conditioner Tune Up Service
You should schedule an AC maintenance tune-up with a reputable HVAC contractor at least once a year in order to preserve the efficiency of your system’s performance. Many offer an overall HVAC system tune-up to include the heating systems preparations as well. In tandem with your own efforts and care, you and the professionals can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.
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During the tune up, your HVAC system technician will ensure all of the electrical connections are in good condition and secure, dust and debris is cleaned from all the working parts, everything is properly lubed, and any worn parts are replaced. To ensure your HVAC system tune up is proficiently executed, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and let our skilled, certified experts do the rest.