Lewis Maclean MARCH 2018

MARCH 2018

It’s Time to Chill

THE SPRINGTIME A/C BASICS

There’s nothing quite like a blast cool of air on a hot summer day. But many people will be sorely disappointed this summer when they try to fire up their air conditioner for the first time. That blast of air may just not be as cool as they hoped. All too often, people forget about their air conditioner. They haven’t used it in months, and it’s another case of something being out of sight and out of mind. We’re still several months from peak A/C season, but March is the perfect time to make sure everything is working — and working well. Here’s the bottom line: Tuning up your A/C and heat pump will help keep your system working the way it was intended. Maintenance keeps efficiency up to proper levels and ensures you’ll feel that crisp, cool blast of air when you need it most. The other part of the HVAC system people forget about is the air filter. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the air filter when it comes to your furnace and other heating systems, but the filter is just as important during the warmer months. One of the best ways to remember this important step of maintenance is to have the filter changed during your system’s next tuneup. For instance, a technician can take care of it for you in the spring when you have your A/C checked out. Then, in the fall, a tech can do it for you again when your heating system undergoes a routine inspection. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Of course, you can always change the filter yourself, before you fire up your A/C for the first time this year. Usually, changing the filter is a

breeze. At most, you may need a screwdriver to undo any screws holding the vent panel in place. That’s it. You’re never going to break your HVAC system by changing the filter too often. If anything, you’re boosting the efficiency of the system. Another thing to keep in mind before you start your A/C this year: Make sure all debris is cleared out from around the unit. If you have a ground-level outdoor unit, it can be a trap for dirt and yard debris. Everything from dust to grass clippings and branches can hinder the A/C’s functionality. We’ve even encountered weeds growing inside the condenser unit. For most debris, the easiest way to clean the condenser is to spray it down with a hose. Clear away any large debris, then wash down the unit. Avoid using any brushes or brooms, as these can potentially damage the unit or the connected components. There you have it — the A/C springtime basics! Next month, we’ll be taking a deeper look at air conditioning, giving you all the insight you need for your coolest and most efficient summer yet.

Don’t forget, if you need anything from us, we’re here to handle all your plumbing, heating, and drainage needs. We’re available 24/7, ready to take your call!

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