Some of us are hanging on to summer for dear life while others are welcoming the start of the new season with open arms. No matter which category you fall into, you might be wondering what to do about your air conditioning system this time of year. See below to find out some of the common questions we get about A/C during the final few weeks of summer - you might have the same ones!
Can I turn off the A/C and use my ceiling fans instead?
You sure can. That is, if you can keep cool and comfortable without the use of your air conditioner. While temperatures are still warm, we recommend turning up the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees and running your ceiling fans at the same time. This way, your system won’t need to work as hard to keep the house cool.
What should I do in order to properly shut the system down?
We strongly recommend cleaning or changing the filter and clearing debris from the outdoor condenser unit. Wind, storms and other activities like mowing the lawn and gardening can cause dirt and debris to build up and restrict airflow during the summer. And if you haven’t paid any attention to the filter, now is the time do so.
Should I cover the outdoor unit?
The choice is yours when it comes to covering the outdoor condenser. Keeping it covered helps protect the equipment from ice, snow and all other types of weather during the fall and winter however, it can be seen as a cozy place for animals for make their home.
Should I schedule maintenance?
Absolutely. Having an expert come in to check your air conditioning system before it is shut down for good is always an excellent idea. We also recommend having a professional perform furnace maintenance to make sure your home’s heating system will be ready to go once cooler temperatures settle in.
For more information about taking care of your home’s HVAC equipment, contact the experts at ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric