When you are switching from heat to AC, many may not even think much of it. You just walk over to the thermostat and switch the setting. While it may be very simple you need to do a few things to make sure that you do not have problems with your heat or AC. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will talk about how you should switch your heat to AC.
Turn Heat Off
The first thing you need to do when you are switching from heat to air conditioning is you have to turn off your heat. This can be as simple as switching the thermostat from heat to off. But if you have an older furnace that has a pilot light you will want to turn off the gas to your furnace. It is also important to change the filters before you turn on your AC. Dust and debris can build up on your furnace filters. This can cause allergies and your system not to work as well. Cleaning your air filters can help prevent allergies and continue to help your furnace to run better. It is also a great time to get any issues with your furnace fixed. You are not using it for a few months so get it fixed before you need it again.
Clean Air Ducts
When you are switching from heat to air-conditioning you may want to consider getting a professional duct cleaning. Your air ducts can get dust, pet dander, and even mold in it over time. Cleaning them out can help keep your home clean and help give you good air quality. You should also clean your vent covers, replace air filters, use a dehumidifier, and vacuum with a HEPA filter bag. These are all things that can help keep your air cleaner.
Prepare AC Unit
Before you turn your AC on there are a few maintenance tasks that you should do. Remember you do not want to get electrocuted so if you were working around your AC it may be smart to turn off the power. You need to make sure that your outside unit or the condenser is cleaned. You will want to remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, or anything that could be covering up your unit. It is important to get rid of any dust and dirt that has built up around the vents or any cooling parts such as evaporator coils. Then you need to check for cracks, leaks, or rust. If you find any serious problems you need to contact a professional HVAC technician as soon as possible.
Turn on AC
Once your AC has been prepped then you can turn on your AC through your thermostat. When you first turn on your AC you do not want to have the temperature too low. If there are issues with your AC this could cause further damage. The best thing you can do is turn on your AC just a few degrees below the current temperature of your home. Once your AC is on you should go outside and make sure that the condenser is running properly and you don’t find any issues. Then you should check all the vents and make sure that the air is running properly through the vents.
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Switching from heat to AC should not be a complicated problem but if you are having problems with your heat or your AC then give Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning a call. We will come out and make sure that everything is running properly.