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End of Summer Air Conditioning Tips

vent near carpeted floor inside homeWe’re officially nearing the end of summer, which means soon enough we’ll shut off our AC units in favor or our heaters. But this doesn’t mean that now is the time to neglect your cooling system. After all, it’s been through a lot of stress and has built up a good amount of wear and tear from months of steady work.

It could very well be the case that you are in need of air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA. If this is the case, it’s important that you not wait, and tackle these repair needs right away. Avoiding them can leave you without a cooling system when you need it the most—even if that’s the beginning of summer next year! The longer you wait to arrange for AC repairs, the more expensive the eventual repair will likely be.

In addition to keeping up on repair issues, there is more you can do at the end of summer to care for your AC. Keep reading to learn more.

Change Your Air Filter

Don’t ignore the need to change your air filter on a regular basis. That air filter, which comes standard with your HVAC system, is there to protect its inside components from dust, dirt, and other debris that could get in there and do the system harm. You should be changing out your air filter every 1 to 3 months (the stronger your air filter is, the less frequently it needs to be changed).

If you haven’t changed your air filter yet this season, it’s very likely that it needs to be done now. A clean air filter will help you keep your bills under control, and will help prevent extra strain on motors that can lead to breakdowns and tripped circuit breakers.

Clear the Area around the Exterior Cabinet

Have you checked around the outside cabinet of your AC recently? If you see branches, leaves, and other debris around it, keep in mind that this can all inhibit the proper heat release from the unit, causing your system’s efficiency to drop.

Even rocks and pebbles create a cause for concern, so clear these away too. By keeping the area around your cabinet clear for at least a foot, you can help avoid cooling system problems.

Check Your Thermostat

We typically recommend keeping your thermostat setting at 78°F in your home. Proper thermostat settings and thermostat control is vital to controlling your cooling bills. No matter where you have it set, however, if it’s not working as it should, it won’t matter how its set—your air conditioner will operate at the wrong times, and therefore waste power.

Ensure that your thermostat has fresh batteries, and check on the programming to make sure that your AC is responding to it as it should. If it’s not, you may need a thermostat upgrade, or perhaps even electrical repair for a thermostat that’s hard wired into your home.

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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