In the Las Vegas Valley, you will need to notice the cool winds begin to blow as the seasons begin to change. To prep your home’s air conditioning, you should take the time for this cooler season. The steps you need to prepare the air conditioner for fall should be taken and we at Air Supply Air Conditioning & Heating would like to share them today.
How to Winterize Air Conditioner
Prior to the temperature dropping to the point where the air conditioner is no longer needed, it is essential to winterize the HVAC system. Below are the tips.
– Consider draft snakes to avoid warm air from seeping out and vice versa.
– Insulate pipes.
– Change the air filter.
– With the help of a professional, clean vents.
– Reduce heating costs by running fans clockwise.
– Reduce costs on heating through weather-stripping on windows and re-caulk gaps and repair piping, and foundation.
– Decrease temperature of water heater at around 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
HVAC Tune Up Maintenance Service
A professional should inspect the air conditioner unit before and after the season. Technicians will inspect the following.
– Assessment of electric terminals, clean, and tighten connections.
– Air duct cleaning.
– Ensure accuracy of the thermostat.
– Confirm amount of refrigerant.
– Ensured electric control sequence.
– Ducts for and seal leaks in ducts.
– Check belts for tightness and wear.
– Measure the airflow of the evaporator coil.
Adjust Thermostat Settings
When you adjust your clocks, change the temperature settings on your air conditioner’s thermostat. Based on your comfort with cooler temperatures, you should increase or decrease the temperature accordingly.
Switching HVAC from AC to Heat
For the fall, there is an odor that emits the moment you turn on the heat. When the heat is activated over the last few months of being stagnant the dust buildup burns up. If the heat doesn’t come on since it should warm up quickly, contact an HVAC professional.
Change Air Filter
Routinely clean and/or replace your air conditioning unit’s air filters, approximately once a month. In addition to reducing your energy bill between 5% and 15% you can cut down on allergens and pathogens in the home.
Clear Area Around Condenser Unit
During the summer, the condenser unit will accumulate dirt, grime, weeds, and leaves build that needs to be removed. With a hose, remove all-natural debris and clip overgrown grass. Any grass clippings, leaves, or weeds needs to be raked. From the disruption of airflow, the efficiency of your HVAC system during cold weather can be compromised.
Clean Evaporator & Condenser Coils
The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over the summer months from your lawnmower and through the fall as the leaves change. Your A/C unit can absorb heat as dirt reduces airflow. Around the coils, remove any debris and clean the exterior area.
With foam pipe covers around the air conditioning unit’s exposed pipes and wiring, especially those that go into your home. You can also use duct tape, keep the foam insulation in place and to stop pipes from freezing and cracking.