Prepare Your AC for Summer03/01/2017With warmer temperatures right around the corner, now is the time to take a look at your air conditioner. When your air conditioner is working at peak efficiency, it can trim a large amount off your energy bills! Likewise, if your air conditioning unit requires service, it could significantly increase your bills and cause unnecessary and life-shortening wear and tear on your system. Having your Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing expert do air conditioning service at least yearly is key to keeping your system running well for the long haul. He or she can be sure the unit is running as it should be and can identify looming problems before they happen, saving you even more money. Your professional air conditioning service should include, but is not limited to: Replacement of, or cleaning of, air filters Cleaning of condensate drain, blower components and condenser coil Lubrication of all moving parts and tightening of electrical components Performance of cooling cycle assessment DIY Preparation In addition to setting up your expert air conditioning service, there are steps you can do now and intermittently throughout the year to be sure your air conditioner is at its best. Now: Uncover your outdoor unit if you kept it covered during colder months. Running your AC with a cover, coil blanket or lid on it may harm your system and end with the need for big repairs or even replacement. Clean the area surrounding your AC. Be sure there are no shrubs, weeds, flowers, etc. growing near your AC unit because they may obstruct airflow through your AC. Also ensure there aren’t piles of leaves or mulch blocking any piece of it. Throughout the year: While your filters may be cleaned or swapped out during your professional air conditioning service, it’s important for you to look at them every month and change them per the manufacturer’s suggestion. All homes have different needs when talking about air filter replacement, depending on factors like owning house pets or performing home construction through the year. Having your ducts cleaned regularly will also be sure your air conditioner is able to work efficiently and will help you have a cozy home. By adhering these simple, proactive steps, you’ll be doing everything you can to ensure your air conditioner will be prepared for whatever summer offers. Give the team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment online.