Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Summer is upon us! Many of us are eager for warmer weather and some calm summer days. To optimize your comfort and actually relax, ensure your air conditioner is ready for the heat. One of the keys to a enjoyable summer in Greater Richmond is a reliable, efficient air conditioner. While Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling always recommends staying current with annual preventive air conditioning service, we’ve got numerous tips to help keep your air conditioner in top shape over the summer.

  • First, another opportunity to remind you of the golden rule of HVAC: Check your air filter consistently! Replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Uncover your air conditioning unit if you opted to have it covered for the cold weather. Starting your air conditioner prior to removing the cover can seriously damage it and lead to costly air conditioner service calls.
  • Plants, leaves, tall grass and debris placed close to your outside unit can impact your AC’s functionality. mow the grass, clean out any debris and eliminate overgrowth that obstructs your unit before you start it this summer. be mindful to check the surroundings at least monthly to keep it unobstructed and optimize airflow through your air conditioner.
  • To ensure the best air quality and that your air conditioner is operating efficiently, have your ducts maintained regularly. It’s also a great idea to have your ducts inspected for leaks to establish that all that cooled air is going where you need it and not escaping through gaps.
  • Consider setting up a programmable thermostat to help you manage the efficiency of your air conditioner.
  • Evaluate the slab your air conditioner unit rests on.

These easy steps can save you from additional air conditioning service and keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. If it’s time to arrange your annual air conditioner service, or if you want any more tips or ideas to help get your air conditioner ready for summer and keep it running smoothly, call Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond at 804-302-6657 today. 

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