5 Ways to Prepare Your A/C for Cooling Season


The beginning of spring is the best time to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for warmer weather. Taking a few steps to prepare your air conditioner now ensures that your cooling system will keep you comfortable when temperatures rise.

Preparing now can save you a significant amount of money over the length of the cooling season as well. Remember, before you turn on your air conditioner, make sure you inspect the outdoor unit and take off the winter cover if you have one!

5 Easy Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

1. Check Your Air Filters

The air filter in your air conditioner helps protect you from breathing in allergens and protects the equipment from the accumulation of dust and debris. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.”

Change your air conditioner filter before the season to ensure you have clean and proper flowing air.

2. Schedule an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

Preventative maintenance is the most economical way to make sure that your air conditioning system operates at peak performance when you most need it. A well-maintained cooling system lasts longer and needs fewer repairs than a neglected one.

Sometimes manufacturer warranties even require regularly scheduled air conditioner maintenance. Call Service Legends today to schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment before you first turn on your A/C. Nobody wants to find out their air conditioner isn’t working on the first hot day of the year! Repairs to your air conditioning system should always be done by a professional.

At Service Legends, every one of our technicians are highly trained, background checked, and drug tested. We have the highest Nate Certifications in the State of Iowa and remove all risk for the homeowner by backing our work with Iron Clad Guarantees.

3. Seal and Insulate Air Ducts

Leaks in your air conditioning system’s ductwork can impede the system’s efficiency by as much as 25%. Should your seasonal tune-up reveal leaks in the network of air ducts that runs through your home, sealing and insulating the ductwork is an affordable solution. The air distribution system will deliver better performance and lower your energy costs as well.

Schedule an appointment with Service Legends to repair your leaking and dirty air ducts to improve your indoor air quality and save on energy bills!

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

When temperatures skyrocket, it can be tempting to leave your cooling system running while you’re away from home so that you don’t return to a hot and humid house. A programmable thermostat offers a more affordable option, allowing you to program your air conditioner to adjust temperatures according to your schedule. Some even let you interface with the device remotely from your computer or mobile device.

5. Consider Replacement

If your air conditioning system is more than ten years old, needs an expensive repair, or simply isn’t delivering the level of comfort that you want, replacement can be a viable solution. Modern systems are up to 50 percent more efficient than outdated systems and they offer better performance. The experts at Service Legends can help you determine which system is best for your family’s needs.

Heating and Cooling Des Moines Since 1997

At Service Legends, we take pride in heating and cooling Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Our HVAC services include furnace and air conditioner installation, repairs, maintenance, and tune-ups. Our lineup of Indoor Air Quality solutions includes whole-home humidifiers, air purifiers, and air filtration systems. We can even help with HVAC financing.

Call 515-657-6634 to contact our Home Comfort Heroes today. We’re standing by 24/7.

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