What To Do Before You Turn On Your A/C

Keep Your Cool With These Helpful Tips

central air service new yorkNothing spoils a summer day faster than an air conditioning system meltdown. And while the hot and humid days of summer seem a long way off, we saw temps in the low-70s in the middle of March here in the Hudson Valley. Making sure your air conditioning system is tuned up and ready to go should be near the top of your spring-cleaning list—right there with clearing the gutters and getting the grill ready.

Of course, there’s no substitute for regular professional maintenance—and usually it’s required to keep warranties valid. But these steps can help ensure your system can perform if we get an early heatwave—or alert you to problems so you can address them before the true heat of the summer kicks in.

Spring Central Air To-do List

Here’s our 5-point checklist to follow before you turn on your air conditioning system:

  1. Check your thermostat. Replace the batteries and be sure it’s set to the proper temperature. Make sure it’s set to maximize efficiency—sometimes known as “eco-mode”, or you can upgrade to a smart thermostat if you haven’t already.
  2. Clear your vents. Make sure furniture, carpet, or drapery is not blocking vents, and make sure they’re dust-free to better combat airborne allergens—especially as peak allergy season sets in.
  3. Replace all filters. You should change or clean the filters in your air conditioner every 45 to 90 days. Depending on when you turned off your system for the season, you may need to take care of that now.
  4. Inspect the outdoor unit. Look for signs of damage and clear leaves, twigs and other debris that block air flow.
  5. Schedule your tune-up. A professional tune-up from the experts at Depew Energy ensures your system is running at peak efficiency and can prevent or correct problems like a blocked drain line that can lead to bigger, more expensive problems.

Do You Need A Cooling System Upgrade?

If your air conditioning system is more than 15 years old, installing a new high-efficiency system can reduce your annual cooling costs by as much as 40%!

Today’s air conditioning equipment is also friendlier to the environment because it uses a refrigerant that doesn’t harm the earth’s ozone layer. Whether you need a new system, or just repairs, the technicians at Depew Energy have the knowledge and experience to make sure the job is done right. We install and repair central air systems as well as ductless systems, and can help you choose the best option for your specific space.

When it comes to keeping your cool, unreasonably high energy bills don’t help. With electricity prices spiking across the county, making sure your air conditioning system is performing efficiently will help you stay comfortable while better keeping your energy bills under control now, and for the seasons to come.

Contact us for more information or to schedule air conditioning system maintenance today.