The Best Time to Have Your Air Conditioning Unit Serviced
It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner. Soon we will be turning on our air conditioners and wishing it was cooler outside. In the average home, nearly half of our energy dollars are spent on heating and cooling. It goes without saying that all of us should take the proper measures to properly maintain and regularly service the large investments we make in our life. Your air conditioning and heating system is one major investment that requires regular maintenance and/or service.
Most homeowners run their air conditioning and heating systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Here are some tips to make sure your home and air conditioner are well prepared for those really hot temperatures. One simple thing that a homeowner can do is to replace the air filters on a regular basis. For your standard 1 to 3-inch air filters, manufacturers recommend changing them every 30-60 days. If you suffer from allergies, you should upgrade the air filter or change them more often. Extremely dirty filters can cause extremely weak HVAC performance.
Routine maintenance for your AC unit is one of the most important ways to prepare your air conditioner for summer. It’s best to have a highly trained and skilled maintenance technician perform a complete system tune-up during the spring. This should include checking coolant levels and cleaning the condenser coils. A new air conditioning installation is a great alternative if your current unit is in disrepair or at the end of its lifespan.
If a home energy specialist comes to evaluate your HVAC system, they should also take the time to inspect the levels of insulation in your home. The reason for this is that insulation slows the transfer of heat. In the winter months, higher insulation levels mean that less heat will escape from your house, so your heating system will not need to operate as frequently. In the summer, insulation slows heat movement from outside to inside, putting less demand on your cooling system.
A home energy expert may recommend upgrading insulation levels in different areas of your home, along with air sealing improvements that will limit the volume of conditioned air that escapes the home. A well-insulated, air sealed home will require a smaller HVAC system than what is required in a leaky, poorly-insulated house.
When is the best time of year to have my air conditioning unit serviced?
Now! Early in the spring, before it is too hot, is one of the highest recommended times of the year to get your air conditioning unit serviced. If you’re AC unit is not operating at its optimum performance, waiting too long could cause your energy bill to increase dramatically.
Having your air conditioning and heating system serviced by a certified technician will not only ensure its reliability, but it can also improve your system’s efficiency, thus saving you money on your monthly energy bill. It is recommend that all homeowners have their air conditioning and heating system inspected and serviced once a year by a professionally-certified and factory-trained service technician.
At Dr. Energy Saver by Golden Rule Plumbing, our certified air conditioning installation professionals take pride in making sure your AC unit is ready for the spring and summer weather throughout the Greater Urbandale area. Our main priority is to offer you affordable, reliable and trustworthy maintenance, repairs and air conditioning installation so that you and your loved ones can stay cool during the summer and warm in the winter. When you need professional assistance to prepare your AC unit for spring weather, our team at Golden Rule Plumbing is ready to help!