Getting Ready for Air Conditioning Season Published on April 30, 2016 Summer hasn’t quite made its debut but the temperatures are definitely warming up and that means it’s time for cooling season. Before the summer weather is officially here and you’re running your air conditioner around the clock to stay comfortable, don’t forget to call your air conditioning technician to visit your home and perform your seasonal ac maintenance. In addition to a Precision A/C tune-up, there are several other ways you can prepare for the cooling season before warmer weather is officially here to stay. Clean Your SystemNo, we aren’t implying that you should take your air conditioning unit apart, let an expert do that, but you can clean up the space around your A/C to get rid of twigs and foliage that have made their way to your A/C system during the windy winter and stormy spring. Mow the grass around the unit and trim back any overgrown bushes or vegetation to make sure your cooling equipment is clear of debris. Clearing the air way can help keep your air conditioning unit running properly. · Change Your Home’s Air Filters Hammond Plumbing & Heating will replace your home’s basic air filters when they conduct your air conditioning tune-up as part of your scheduled A/C maintenance. You can (and should) also replace your HVAC air filters in between maintenance visits, and it’s suggested that you do so at least every four to eight weeks for optimal performance. If you don’t change your air 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 standard cooling equipment service. Also, a clogged filter could possibly damage your air conditioner. Block the SunHelp block the sun from heating up your home by hanging blackout drapes or window shades. This may also help save your furniture and floors from fading or enduring sun damage over time. · Check Alarm Batteries If you forgot to check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors over daylight savings, now is the time. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your thermostat to make sure it is running properly so you don’t end up calling your air conditioning repair technician because your system isn’t running and then it ends up just being the thermostat. You could also consider purchasing an automated thermostat so you can adjust the temperature while you’re away and save money on your energy bills. A yearly air conditioner tune-up service could make your A/C unit up to 30% more efficient and save you money on your cooling bills. Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating today to make sure your cooling equipment is ready to keep you cool and comfortable for the summer and learn about our spring specials on air conditioning tune-ups.