Spring time is in full bloom but in South Florida, the summer heat is already here. Temperatures are climbing and the hot weather is here to stay. For some that means more sunscreen and weekends at the beach. But for your air conditioner it means more work and more stress. By making sure your air conditioner is ready to battle the summer heat, you can easily avoid costly repairs, lower your utility bills and improve your indoor air quality.
Here are some helpful tips to prepare your air conditioner for the summer season.
Replace your air filter
A dirty air filter is the #1 reason air conditioning systems fail. A dirty filter blocks the air flow into the system causing excess strain. This can lead to higher energy bills, more repairs and a shortened lifespan for your air conditioner. You should change your filter every 30 – 60 days. As an alternative, ask us about our permanant, Bo Air filters.
Check the drain line
Since we use our air conditioners almost year round in Florida, your drain line should be cleaned at least twice a year to prevent a leak. Dust particles, mold and other particles start collecting in the drain line and can cause a blockage. A clogged drain line is a very common but easily fixed problem. Left untreated, a clogged drain line can cause a lot of damage and frustration. Ferrara’s Air can check your drain line during an A/C tune-up.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Allow your Air conditioner to rest. Running your air conditioner at full capacity when no ones home is a waste of energy and money. With a programmable thermostat, you can keep the house around 80 degrees when you are away and program it to cool back down by the time you walk in the door.
Get an A/C Tune-up
Just like your car, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance to run safely and efficiently. Annual tune-ups are recommended by ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, the air conditioner’s manufacturer, and local utility companies. The best time for a tune-up is not, before the summer heat paralyzes your air conditioner. Call Ferraras’a Air today to schedule your preventative maintenance.