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Is This the Summer for a New AC System?

new-air-conditioner-summerOur temperatures may still be on the chillier side, but with spring officially here, warmer weather is not far behind. When it hits in earnest, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared with a fully functional and efficient air conditioning system in Coeur D’Alene, ID.

We know you have many options when it comes to choosing the right air conditioner for your home and family. You’ll want to consider the size of the system (going too big or too small can be detrimental to its performance) as well as other factors such as the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. And if you truly want an AC system built to last, we highly recommend choosing a TRANE® air conditioner.

How to Get the Most Out of Your New TRANE® Air Conditioner

Keep Your System Unobstructed: With a central air conditioner system, you have an outdoor compressor. You’ll want to make sure that this compressor is kept free from debris such as plants, leaves, branches, lawn clippings, and mulch. Also, ensure that no shrubbery is growing too close to the system as this can obstruct it. It’s best to aim for a clear space of about two feet around the entire unit.

Back inside the home, we recommend that you take a look at where your vents are located. Is any furniture blocking them? If so, try to rearrange furnishings so that there are no obstructions that might restrict airflow, as this can cause your air conditioner to work less efficiently.

Fans: Using fast to keep air moving is a great idea, particularly when the air conditioner is running. While a ceiling fan or box fan can’t lower the temperature all on its own, it helps move the cooler air coming through your air conditioner to help you feel cooler. This allows you to set the thermostat up a few degrees so that your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.

Window Treatments: You might be surprised by just how much the right window treatments can help keep radiant heat out of your home. To prevent the greenhouse effect that summer so often brings, consider using reflective blinds or drapes to fend off the heat.

Maintenance: There are a few maintenance tasks that you can and should be able to handle on your own. For example, changing the air filter on a regular basis—at least once every 3 months during periods of use, once a month if you have significant contaminants such as pet dander or cigarette smoke.

There are other maintenance tasks that should be handled by a professional during your annual tune-up. This includes a thorough inspection of the unit to ensure that everything is working as it should be, and also includes cleaning and adjustments. During this appointment, our professionals will also alert you to any pressing repair needs so that you can have them taken care of before they turn into huge emergencies later on.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.

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