Spring Is HERE: Change the Air Filter and Get the AC Ready
Allergy season is here and you might notice that the people in your household are sneezing and coughing a little more, particularly with the recent pollen drop. Changing the air filter may help to alleviate allergy symptoms, which is part of why we recommend doing so each month or so. But did you know that this serves a different purpose when it comes to the state of your air conditioning system?
Changing the Filter Helps Your Air Conditioner
Neglecting to change the air filter can do quite a bit of harm to the system. Your air filter collects a lot of dust and debris from the air throughout your home over the course of a just a month or two. When the air filter is clogged up it may continue blocking some debris, but it also stops air from flowing through the system. The lack of airflow affects your air conditioner in a few big ways:
- You feel less comfortable or the air quality in your home diminishes.
- Not as energy efficient
- The air conditioner struggles to run, increasing wear and tear and leading to potential system breakdowns!
Changing your air filter every month can help prevent the above issues. Just set a reminder on your phone if that makes it easier.
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One other major step of maintaining a home’s air conditioner is cleaning the coils that reside in the outside unit of your system. These coils are responsible for the release of heat as it dissipates from refrigerant condensing in the coils.
Refrigeration is a process of heat exchange, and that’s how your split-system AC cools your home. When the coils outside are dirty, heat cannot be released into the air, which causes some of the same problems as a clogged filter (and may also lead to water leaks in the home!). Ask us about our annual Sirius Comfort Care program to learn more about preventative maintenance.
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You may be able to clean the outside coils on your own, but we don’t always recommend this. The best way to get your air conditioner ready for the warm season is to schedule professional maintenance services, or an AC tune-up. During this service, technicians will…
- Clean or replace the filters
- Clean and inspect coils
- Complete a visual inspection
- Test system
- Tighten electrical connections
…and much more! All of this can help to prepare your air conditioner for warm season and help reduce the possibility of system failure, restore energy efficiency and lower bills, and stay more comfortable all spring and summer long.