As summer approaches, you’ll want to ensure that your air conditioner (AC) is in good shape to ensure optimal performance, energy efficiency, and comfort during the hot months. But what can you do to ensure your system is ready when warm weather arrives? Preventive maintenance can help you save money, avoid discomfort, and ensure your AC lasts you for many years. This article lists how to prepare your AC for summer and keep it operating smoothly between professional check-ups.

1. Visually Check Your System 

There are things you can look for to prevent air conditioner problems. Check that the air filter is in place and that all supply vents are open and not restricting airflow. If you see water around your indoor unit, there could be a problem with your condensate drain line. Inspect the outdoor unit of your air conditioner and clear away any leaves, branches, or debris that may have accumulated around it. A clean and unobstructed unit allows for better airflow and helps prevent potential issues.

2. Change the Filter 

Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and cooling capacity, reducing your air conditioner’s efficiency. Dirty air filters are seen most often during AC service calls, especially for those who don’t have routine professional maintenance performed annually. Check the filters and clean or replace them as needed.

3. Inspect and Clean the Condensate Drain

Water on the floor around the indoor unit can occur when the weather is humid. As the refrigerant moves through your system, humidity in the air condenses on the evaporator coils and can cause water to back up and potentially damage your air conditioner. Locate the condensate drain line and check for any clogs or blockages. Clear the drain line using a mixture of bleach and water, or use a shop vac to clear the drain pipe from its end.

4. Check the Ductwork

Inspect the ductwork for any visible leaks, loose connections, or damaged insulation. Leaky ducts can lead to energy loss and reduced cooling efficiency. Seal any leaks with duct sealant or contact a professional to perform a thorough inspection and repairs if necessary.

5. Test the Thermostat

Ensure that your thermostat is working correctly and accurately reads the temperature. If you have a programmable thermostat, set appropriate cooling schedules to optimize energy efficiency and adjust the temperature settings to your comfort preferences.

How to Prepare Your AC for Summer

6. Create Shade and Insulation

Help your air conditioner operate more efficiently by minimizing heat gain. Use blinds, curtains, or shades to block direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. Consider adding insulation to your home’s attic, walls, and windows to reduce heat transfer and maintain a cooler indoor environment.

7. Practice Energy-Efficient Habits

Adopt energy-efficient habits to complement the performance of your air conditioner. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature but avoid extreme cooling settings. Use ceiling fans to help circulate cool air. Keep doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is running, and remember to clean or replace air filters throughout the summer season regularly.

Professional Maintenance with Atlas HVAC, Inc.

By following these steps and keeping up with regular maintenance, you can ensure that your air conditioner is ready to take on summer and provide reliable and efficient cooling. At Atlas HVAC, Inc., we provide system maintenance to inspect and diagnose your heating and cooling system to prevent issues from arising. Yearly HVAC maintenance is the best way to ensure your unit works properly for every season. Call us at (877) 452-8527 or click here to request a free quote!