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Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer Months

As this winter has proven, Michigan weather is never predictable, but one thing we can always count on is that summer will always promise sun and heat. Air conditioners are excellent tools for helping us cope with the sudden rise in temperature, but most people don’t realize their air conditioner may need some preparation after the long winter months. Doing so can help ensure your cold air keeps flowing and lower energy bills. Before that first heat wave hits, here are a few helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your air conditioner this summer.

Make Sure It’s Working

This seems like a no-brainer, but an important thing is to check that your AC is working before you actually need it. Make sure to remove the cover off your outside AC unit before turning it on. If you turn on your AC unit with the cover still on, it can result in irreversible damage to the unit. Once you have removed the cover, change your thermostat’s settings to “cool”, whether this means flipping a switch or easing back the dial. Your AC should turn on automatically. If it doesn’t, you know it’s time to call a North Winds Heating and Cooling air conditioner repair technician. Doing this early means your technician is likely less busy and can reach you more quickly. It also means your AC will be up and running when you need it to be.

Trap the Cold and Block Out the Heat

Just as insulation helps to hold in your house’s warm air over the winter, it can prevent cold air from escaping during the summer as well. If you’ve noticed any drafts or cold spots throughout your living spaces over the past several months, making sure they are properly insulated before you turn your AC on this summer could save you a lot of money. Similarly, preparing curtains, blinds, etc. on your windows can help reduce energy use. This prevents sunrays from entering your home and adding extra, unwanted heat, and helps insulate your windows to keep the cold air from escaping. It doesn’t have to be constant, however. Simply blocking out the sun while you’re away can save you money in energy costs.

Replace the Filter

To avoid your AC failing we recommend changing the furnace filter or cleaning your electronic style air cleaner. Even if you cleaned your system in the fall, it needs to be done again before you run the AC. A plugged filter can cause harm to both the furnace and the AC resulting in unwanted breakdowns of the system, more energy usage, and is also bad for allergies.

Clean and Properly Set-Up the Unit

If your air conditioner is permanently fixed outside your home it likely doesn’t need any set-up, but it will need to be cleaned. Over the fall especially, debris like leaves and twigs can fall into and around your unit. Cleaning this to make sure everything is clear and ready to go can prevent damage and increase efficiency for energy savings. No matter what type of air conditioner you have or where you’ve kept it for the past months, getting it cleaned is always a good idea.

If you experience any trouble with your air conditioning system, whether residential or commercial, North Winds Heating & Cooling is here to help. Our technicians are highly trained in all major brands and can get your AC fixed and ready to run smoothly through the summer heat. Contact us to learn more about our air conditioner repair services or to find the perfect air conditioner for you.

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