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5 Tips To Prepare Your AC Unit For The Summer Heat

Published May 4, 2023

5 Tips To Prepare Your AC Unit For The Summer Heat

Summer In Costa Mesa

The warm summer days in Costa Mesa, CA are finally on the way, with temperatures averaging 76 degrees. As residents may know, the weather in Costa Mesa can become quite muggy during the months of early July all the way to mid October, bringing high levels of humidity which can be uncomfortable for some. With that being said, this is your friendly reminder to prep your AC unit for the summer heat! Doing so will ensure your comfort throughout the warmest days of the year and will allow you to enjoy your summer festivities to the fullest.

When Should I Prepare My AC Unit For Summer?

Although there is no set deadline for prepping your AC unit for the summer, it is recommended that you begin as soon as possible. With spring in full swing, now is the ideal moment to take action. The last thing you want to do on the first hot day of summer is turn on your central air conditioner only to find out that it’s not working properly.

How To Prepare Your AC Unit For Summer

So, you want to take action right away but don’t know where to start. The pros at Absolute Comfort Heating & Air are here to guide you through the process. Prepping your HVAC unit for the summer will allow it to keep up with seasonal temperature swings, increase HVAC performance, and help you avoid costly emergency repairs. This blog post will go over 5 ways to prepare your unit for the upcoming heat.

  • Clean Your Air Filters
  • Set Your Thermostat To The Right Temperature
  • Clean Around The Outside Unit
  • Check For Visibly Dirty Vents
  • Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Clean Your Air Filters

Cleaning your air filters is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the well-being of your AC unit. Fortunately, changing an air filter is quite easy and takes a few minutes to do so once you get the hang of it. It is recommended that you clean or change your filters every 30 to 90 days depending on environmental factors like number of pets, age of your hvac system, and the size of your home. Besides ensuring optimal functionality, cleaning your air filters can:

  • Improve indoor air quality levels
  • Save you money on energy bills
  • Help your system be more energy efficient

Set Your Thermostat To The Right Temperature

As you may know, every season has an ideal thermostat temperature. According to the US Department of Energy, it is recommended that homeowners set their thermostat to 78 degrees when home. When away, you can boost the temperature by a few degrees to save money on energy bills. Although 78 degrees may seem a little too high depending on personal preference, using other methods to stay cool is highly recommended. Some things you can do to stay cool during the summer months include:

  • Putting your ceiling fans to use
  • Staying hydrated by drinking lots of cold beverages
  • Using curtains or shutters to prevent sunlight from heating up your home

Clean Around The Outside Unit

Although cleaning the outdoor unit itself should be left for a professional technician to do, cleaning the area around the unit can easily be done. Depending on weather conditions, leaves, tree branches, and other debris can accumulate around the unit, possibly overheating it. Any plants growing by the unit should be trimmed down. There must be at least a 2-foot diameter of open area surrounding the unit which will guarantee proper airflow.

Check For Visibly Dirty Vents

Clogged or unclean vents are another common issue that reduces air conditioning performance. Examine the vents for visible dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris that may be clogging them. Additionally, make sure the vents are open. While it may appear obvious, many homeowners are unaware that some of their air conditioning vents are partially or entirely closed. By opening them, you can improve air movement and overall home comfort.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

Scheduling preventive maintenance when needed will help ensure your system heats and cools your home as evenly and efficiently as possible. Doing so will also reduce the likelihood of HVAC noises or odors interfering with your overall comfort and overall quality of life.

Contact The Pros

The professional technicians at Absolute Comfort Heating & Air are happy to walk you through any of the above steps. Taking action now to prepare your unit for the upcoming warm weather will save you lots of money and trouble on unexpected breakdowns. Leave the hard work to us and go enjoy the warm weather with your friends and family!

For Professional Heating & Cooling Services in Costa Mesa, CA Contact Absolute Comfort at 949-240-8560, Or Request Service Online.

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