Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Summer has arrived! Many of us are excited for warmer weather and some peaceful summer days. To optimize your comfort and really relax, ensure your air conditioner is ready for the heat. One of the keys to a fun summer in the Bay Area is a reliable, efficient air conditioner. While Contra Costa Heating & AC always recommends staying current with annual preventive air conditioning service, we’ve got several tips to help keep your air conditioner in top shape in the heat.

  • First, another opportunity to remind you of the golden rule of HVAC: inspect your air filter routinely! Replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s suggestion.
  • Take the cover off your air conditioning unit if you had it covered for the winter. 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 that are close to your outside unit can lessen your AC’s performance. mow the grass, get rid any debris and clear away overgrowth that blocks your unit before you turn it on this summer. be mindful to check the surroundings at least monthly to keep it open and increase airflow through your air conditioner.
  • To provide the best air quality and that your air conditioner is operating efficiently, have your ducts cleaned regularly. It’s also a good idea to have your ducts examined for leaks to make sure all that cooled air is going where you want it and not getting out through gaps.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to provide assistance to manage the efficiency of your air conditioner.
  • Check the slab your air conditioner unit is placed 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 make an appointment for your annual air conditioner service, or if you would like any more tips or information to help get your air conditioner ready for summer and keep it running steadily, call Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area at 510-343-9841 today. 

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