How to Prepare the Air Conditioner for Spring

March 14, 2022
Spring in East Peoria, IL

You probably don’t want to spend a single hour without working air conditioning in the summertime, so it’s smart to prepare the AC unit beforehand. Below are a few steps that any homeowner can and should take while it’s spring and still cool.

Replace the Air Filter

Air filters have an important job to do. They trap dust, dirt, and other particles so that these don’t enter the HVAC equipment and cause serious problems. Keeping your indoor air clean is only their secondary purpose. First of all, they ensure that your unit runs efficiently without overheating.

Homeowners should normally replace their air filter approximately every 90 days. You may need to replace yours more frequently, though, if the outdoor air is especially polluted or there are smokers or pets in your home.

Unblock Air Vents

You don’t want anything to strain the AC as it circulates your air. Make sure that you don’t have any furniture or other belongings blocking the registers. Also consider cleaning the air vents with a vacuum and brush. For the best and most thorough results, you can hire professionals to clean your ducts.

Adjust the Thermostat

This is a simple step. Just ensure that your heat pump isn’t in heating mode and that the set point on your thermostat doesn’t reflect the heating season. The U.S. Department of Energy says that for the most savings, you should set the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When everyone is asleep, you could raise it a few more degrees.

Request Professional Maintenance

Many manufacturer’s warranties require professional maintenance because it’s that important. During a tune-up, a technician could handle all the steps mentioned above and much more to boot. You’ll save on your energy bill and extend the lifespan of your AC by doing this.

Accurate Heating & Cooling can maintain your AC for you as well as perform repair and installation work. Of course, we work with heaters as well. Duct cleaning and environmental assessments are other areas we specialize in. If you’re in the East Peoria area, call our locally owned and operated company today for more information.