Summer is already here so that means if you haven’t already done so you will probably be turning on your air conditioning system very shortly.
Here are a few tips that we recommend to make sure that your system is running safely and effectively.
Number 1, changing your furnace and air conditioning filters. Changing your filters is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency and the best comfort level for your home. Changing them once a month is what we recommend, and by doing so you will ensure that you are at your lowest operating cost and best airflow for the highest comfort level in your home.
The second step in this process would be inspecting the outdoor condensing unit. This is what most people think of as an air conditioner, it’s the box that sits outside your house. Over the winter leaves and debris can pile up around the unit outside—making it not work as efficiently as it should. Simply cleaning off and hosing down the area will ensure that your system is operating at peak performance.
The third step in this process would be cleaning your condensate pump. Many homes have a condensate pump located right next to your furnace. Which allows the moisture removed from the air during the air conditioning process to be pumped into a laundry tub or nearby drain. If this pump becomes clogged water can then leak on the floor and cause water damage. A simple way to clean your condensate pump is to add a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water to one of the holes — at this point the pump will turn on and clean out any debris or mildew that may be located inside the pump.
The fourth step we recommend at Sedgwick Heating and Air Conditioning is scheduling an annual maintenance. Annual maintenance on your air conditioning system can go a long way towards ensuring that your system operates effectively. Much like a tune up or an oil change on your car, scheduled maintenance on your air conditioner leaves you with a system that you can be sure will run effectively and safely throughout the summer season, And ensure that your system is giving you peak performance and lowest cost to operate.