Though living in the Las Vegas Desert gives us the opportunity to extend the use of our air conditioning systems, getting it ready for the off-season now can help ensure the transition is a smooth process. With this in mind, we at Air Supply Air Conditioning & Heating would like to take the opportunity to share a quick guide to help you prep your AC for the upcoming cool weather.
How Do You Winterize a Cooling System?
To keep the air conditioning operating at peak performance, and prepare your home for the heating system, taking time to prep the AC for the off-season is in your better interest. Below is a checklist.
– Clean the vents and registers.
– Reduce costs on heating through replacing weather-stripping on windows and doors as well as re-caulking gaps and repair piping, and foundation.
– Insulate piping.
– Switch fans clockwise to maximize heating.
– Decrease temperature of water heater at about 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Change the air filter.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance Service
Before and after the season, make sure to schedule professional maintenance service. Typically, technicians will take care of the following.
– The evaporator coil’s air flow is measured.
– Electric control sequence is evaluated.
– Thermostat’s accuracy is verified.
– Check for any leaks in ducts.
– Verify refrigerant levels.
– Assess belts for tightness and wear.
– Electric terminals are inspected, cleaned, and the connections are tightened.
– Air duct cleaning – optional.
Change Thermostat Settings
When the weather officially changes, make sure your settings on thermostat are modified on to reflect your heating preferences.
Test Run the Heating System. When you first run the heating, you are likely to detect a burning odor. Since the heating system has been dormant for several months, it has accumulated dust and debris that burns up when you activate the heat. This also allows you to ensure the heat will operate and if it doesn’t, you can get it fixed before you need it on a routine basis.
Change Air Filters. Approximately once a month, routinely clean and/or replace your air conditioning unit’s air filters. You reduce your energy bill between 5% and 15% you can cut down on allergens and pathogens in the home when you keep the filter fresh.
Clear Around Condenser Unit. The condenser unit will accumulate dirt, grime, weeds, and leaves during the summer that needs to be removed. Remove all-natural debris and clip overgrown grass. Rake together grass clippings, leaves, or weeds. The efficiency of your HVAC system during cold weather can be compromised any time there is a disruption with the airflow.
Unit’s Coils Cleaning. Over the summer months, from your lawnmower and through the fall as the leaves change, the air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt. Airflow is reduced when the AC unit absorbs the dirt. Remove any debris and clean the exterior area around the coils.
Ensure Insulation is Efficient. Especially those that go into your home with foam pipe covers around the air conditioning unit’s exposed pipes and wiring. Keep the foam insulation in place and to stop pipes from freezing and cracking, secure it with duct tape.
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When it comes to the professional side of maintenance and care for your air conditioning system, call in the professionals of Air Supply Air Conditioning & Heating and let us take care of you.