As the summer months approach, it's time to start preparing your air conditioner for the hot weather. Before you switch on your AC, there are a few steps you should take to make sure it runs smoothly and efficiently. First, go outside and inspect the outdoor unit. Clear away any debris such as leaves or dirt buildup from around the condenser.
The condenser is responsible for transferring unwanted heat from your home to the outside air, and any blockages can affect its performance. Depending on the type of air filter you use, the air quality in your home, and how often you used the boiler last winter, you should plan to replace the filter every 30 to 90 days. The change of season is a good reminder to check and change the filter if you haven't done so recently. A clean filter helps your air conditioner work better and also filters pollutants from the air you breathe. In addition to changing your air filter, it's also important to check your AC's refrigerant levels. If they are low, it could be a sign of a leak or other issue that needs to be addressed by a professional.
Finally, make sure all of your AC's vents are open and unobstructed. This will help ensure that cool air is evenly distributed throughout your home. By taking these simple steps before turning on your air conditioner, you can help ensure that it runs efficiently and effectively all summer long.