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AC Summer Ready: Beat the Heat with Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling


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As the weather starts to warm up, it's important to ensure that your air conditioning (AC) unit is ready for the summer months. With a little bit of preparation, you can ensure that your AC unit is functioning efficiently, helping to keep you cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.

 

Here are some tips on how to get your AC ready for summer:


AC Summer Ready Tips

 

1. Clean or Replace Your Air Filters

One of the simplest and most important things you can do to get your AC ready for summer is to clean or replace your air filters. Dirty filters can reduce airflow, causing your AC unit to work harder than necessary, leading to higher energy bills and potential damage to your system. Clean or replace your filters at least once a month during the summer to ensure that your AC unit is functioning efficiently. 


Cleaning or replacing your air filters is of utmost importance for ensuring good air quality and maintaining the efficient functioning of your HVAC system. For more information on HVAC care, click here. Air filters work by trapping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other pollutants, preventing them from circulating in the air. 


Over time, these filters can become clogged with dirt, debris, and allergens, reducing their ability to trap pollutants and causing the system to work harder, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. By cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly, you can improve the indoor air quality, extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, and save money on energy costs. 

 

2. Check the Thermostat

Be sure to frequently check your thermostat to ensure that it is functioning correctly. If you have an an older model, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can help you save energy by automatically calibrating your temperature to only what is necessary while you are away to generate energy savings over time. During the summer months, it's important to ensure that your thermostat is set to the appropriate temperature, typically between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Setting the thermostat too low can lead to higher energy bills and unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. Check your thermostat to make sure it's working well and set correctly. A faulty thermostat can make your system run poorly, resulting in more expensive energy bills and possible breakdowns. Check your thermostat regularly to save money on energy and keep your home comfortable in the summer.

 

3. Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system can become dirty and clogged with debris over time. This can reduce airflow and make your AC unit work harder than necessary, leading to higher energy bills and potential damage to your system. Clean the outdoor unit by removing debris and obstructions from around it, like leaves, grass clippings, or anything blocking it. 


The outdoor AC unit, also known as the condenser unit, plays a critical role in removing heat from your home's air and releasing it outside. Over time, the condenser unit can get dirty and clogged with dust and debris.

Over time, the condenser unit can become dirty and clogged with dust and debris. This can make it more difficult for the unit to transfer heat. As a result, your system may use more energy and potentially break down. 


Clean your outdoor AC unit often to remove pollutants, improve airflow, and ensure proper system functioning. A dirty condenser unit can make the air inside your home bad. It can circulate pollutants back into your home and into your family's lungs. Regularly cleaning your outdoor AC unit can help you save money on energy costs, extend the life of your HVAC system, and maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.

 

4. Consider Upgrading Your AC System

If your AC unit is old or inefficient, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. A new AC system can save a lot of energy and help pay for itself over time. Additionally, newer models often come with advanced features, such as smart thermostats or zoning systems, that can further enhance your comfort and energy savings. Homeowners should consider upgrading their AC system for a variety of reasons. 


  1. Firstly, an upgrade can lead to significant energy savings, as newer, more efficient AC systems consume less energy to operate, resulting in lower energy bills.

  2. Additionally, modern AC systems often come with advanced features such as smart thermostats and zoning capabilities, which can improve overall comfort and control.

  3. An upgrade can also provide improved indoor air quality, as newer systems use better filtration technology and are less prone to leaks, preventing pollutants and contaminants from entering your home's air supply.

  4. Moreover, upgrading your AC system can increase the value of your home, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run.

 

5. Schedule a Professional Tune-Up

Regular maintenance is essential for ensuring that your AC unit is functioning at peak efficiency. Schedule a professional tune-up before the summer months to ensure that your AC unit is in good working order. A professional can check for any potential issues, such as refrigerant leaks or worn-out components, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. Scheduling a professional AC tuneup in the summer is essential for ensuring the efficient functioning of your HVAC system and avoiding potential breakdowns during the hot summer months. 


During the tuneup, any necessary repairs or adjustments can be made, such as cleaning the coils or adding refrigerant. Regular professional tuneups can help to identify and address minor issues before they become major problems, potentially saving you money on costly repairs in the future. Get a professional AC tuneup in the summer to make sure your system works well and keeps you cool all season.


Contact Us Today

Getting your AC ready for summer is essential for ensuring your comfort and saving energy. If you're unsure how to get your AC system ready for summer or want a free estimate on a repair, contact a professional like All Star Service and Repair. With over 60 years of experience, our highly trained, licensed, and insured technicians will diagnose your problem, explain every facet of the repair and follow through. Our services are backed by our 100% service guarantee and a ten year warranty.

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