Getting Ready for Air Conditioning Season Published on April 30, 2016 Summer isn’t officially here but the temperatures are definitely warming up and that means it’s time for air conditioning season. Before the temperatures soar and you’re running your air conditioner around the clock to stay comfortable, go ahead and call your air conditioning technician to visit your home and conduct your seasonal ac maintenance. In addition to an air conditioning tune-up, there are a few other ways you can get ready for the cooling season before summer is officially here to stay. Clean Your SystemWe don’t mean for you to take you’re A/C system apart, let a professional do that, but you can clean up the area around your A/C to remove twigs and debris that have made their way to your air conditioner during the windy winter and stormy spring. Cut the grass around the A/C and prune back any overgrown plants or vegetation to make sure your cooling equipment is clear of debris. Keeping a clear airway can help keep your A/C equipment running properly. · Change Your Home’s Air Filters Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will swap out your home’s basic air filters when they complete your seasonal tune-up as part of your standard A/C maintenance. You can (and should) also swap out your HVAC air filters by yourself, and it’s recommended that you do so at least every one to two months for optimal performance. If you don’t replace your filter it accumulates dust, allergens, and germs so for the health of your family and the efficiency of your air conditioning equipment, make sure you’re changing those filters as part of your regular A/C system service. Note that a clogged filter could actually damage your AC equipment. Block the SunHanging blackout drapes or window shades can help keep your home cooler and avoid the sun from heating up your home. Hanging drapes or curtains may also help protect your furniture and floors from fading or experiencing sun damage over time. · Check Alarm Batteries If you didn’t spend daylight savings checking the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors, now it the perfect time. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your thermostat to make sure it is working properly so you don’t end up calling your HVAC company because your air conditioner isn’t running and then it ends up just being the thermostat. You could also consider investing in a programmable thermostat so you can adjust the temperature away from home and save money on your heating and cooling bills. An annual A/C system tune-up service could make your air conditioner up to 30% more efficient and save you money on your utility bills. Call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to make sure your cooling equipment is set to keep you cool and comfortable all summer and learn about our spring specials on AC Precision tune-ups.