Prepare Your AC for Summer03/01/2017With warmer weather right around the corner, now is the time to prep your air conditioner. When your air conditioner is working at its best, it can cut a large amount off your energy costs! Likewise, if your air conditioning unit needs service, it could dramatically raise your bills and cause preventable and life-shortening wear and tear on your system. Having your Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. professional do air conditioning service at least each year is key to keeping your system working at its best for a while. He or she can be sure the unit is working correctly and can identify potential problems in advance of them happening, saving you even more money. Your expert air conditioning service should include, but is not limited to: Replacement of, or cleaning of, air filters Cleaning of condensate drain, blower components and condenser coil Lubrication of all moving parts and tightening of electrical components Performance of cooling cycle assessment DIY Preparation In addition to arranging your skilled air conditioning service, there are steps you can do now and occasionally throughout the year to be sure your air conditioner is at peak performance. Now: Uncover your outdoor unit if you had it covered during winter. Utilizing your AC with a cover, coil blanket or lid on it might hurt your system and require big repairs or even replacement. Clear the area around your AC. Ensure there are no shrubs, weeds, flowers, etc. growing too close to your AC unit because they might obstruct airflow through your AC. Also make sure there aren’t piles of leaves or mulch covering any part of it. During the year: While your filters can be cleaned or swapped out during your expert air conditioning service, it’s important for you to inspect them monthly and change them per the manufacturer’s suggestion. All homes have different needs when dealing with air filter replacement, depending on factors like owning house pets or performing home construction during the year. Having your ducts cleaned routinely will also ensure your air conditioner is able to run efficiently and will help you keep a comfortable home. By following these simple, proactive steps, you’ll be doing everything you can to make sure your air conditioner will be prepared for whatever summer has in store. Give the team at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment online.