How to Prepare your Air Conditioning for Spring

Here in Charleston, it is warming up. The weather is still pretty random – cold and cloudy today, but hot and humid tomorrow. By the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be turning up your air!

Having your system inspected at the end of the winter season by an HVAC technician is always a good call. They’ve looked at many air systems and can offer you the best advice. Older systems can often have trouble keeping up or may not have as efficient a design as newer models. Those systems that haven’t had to produce cool air in several months may have one of many issues that need repair. A diagnostic will point out the problem and keep you from dumping money towards your energy bills.

What can you do?

  1. Clean and remove debris
    Get rid of any leaves, tall weeds, and shrubs that may have accumulated around your outdoor unit over time. This will allow for better airflow and prevent any debris from getting inside the unit. Make sure everything feels secure and that wires and pipes have no obstacles in their midst.
  2. Check the indoors return grill and air supply vents
    Make sure that the vents are open and clean any dust. Vacuum dirt and pet hair from the area around your return. A smart thermostat can even learn from your habits and keep your home at the right temperature when you’re away. Always replace your air filter every month, even if it says it can last longer.
  3. Call a technician to check your refrigerant
    Refrigerant leaks can be costly. While refilling may seem inexpensive, over time, the money is just being wasted. Allowing the technician to find and repair the leak will save you money and headache.

Older units can not only become less efficient over the years but may not have the ability to perform like newer models. The harder a system must work to cool your space, the more energy it will need. A new system will always pay off. Ask us about financing a new system interest-free!