Summer may not be officially here yet, but the heat wave has arrived. It’s a good idea to prepare to make sure you and your home stay cool all summer long:
Tip 1: Check your system in advance.
About a month before the weather heats up, turn on your air conditioning and let it run for 30 minutes to see if it is working properly.
Tip 2: Keep the area around your unit clean.
Sweep away any dirt, leaves or debris that may have accumulated around your air conditioning unit. Also, trim back any plants or shrubs to allow proper air flow.
If any of the fins on your unit’s condenser are bent, you can straighten them out using a tool called a fin comb, available at major hardware stores. Be sure to turn off the power to the unit before inspecting or straightening the condenser fins.
To read a list of common AC problems and simple fixes, click here.