How to Prepare Your AC for the Summer Heat


The overbearing summer heat is coming, which means that your AC unit will be putting in overtime for the next couple of months to keep your home cool. This tall request requires your system to be in top working order, meaning you should get a routine check-up of the entire unit to ensure everything is working correctly before the brutality of summer catches up. Luckily, Service Legends has all the tips you need to set your HVAC system up for success!

4 Steps For AC Health In The Summer

1. Clean and Replace Your Filter 

You should replace your filters every 1-2 months to ensure no dust or pollutant is hanging around in your system for longer than it should. Having a clean filter for air to flow through allows your system to work at peak efficiency – the more clogged a filter is, the more work your AC unit has to put in to cool your home. The more work your unit puts in, the less energy efficient it is for your bill. 

2. Clean Your Ductwork (if you have it) 

If you’re not having any problems with your airflow throughout your home, you probably don’t need to check or clean out your ductwork. But, double-checking that your ducts don’t have a large amount of dust accumulated throughout ensures you save yourself money on your energy bill throughout the summer months.  

Preventative maintenance on your ducts is an invaluable method for your home to maintain peak energy efficiency. By having your ductwork checked by a professional, you can iron out any wrinkle in your system like an unsealed duct or an animal taking shelter within it. If your system doesn’t have any ductwork, this saves you a step on checking that your AC unit is running smoothly.  

3. Clean Your Condenser Coils 

The condenser coils in your AC unit keep the refrigerant in liquid form, which helps release the heat collected in the air. Any debris or dirt build-up can cause your condenser coils to overheat, which can lead to less efficient airflow and your unit potentially overworking and dying in the summer.  

Any debris – like leaves, dirt, grass, or plants – that gets stuck within the coils should be gently removed in the spring months before the summer starts up to ensure nothing is blocking the flow of air. Use a soft cloth or a can of pressurized air to remove any pollutants. Be sure to not bend any fins while doing this! If you are unsure on how to clean out your condensers safely, call a professional like Service Legends to do it for you.  

4. Get an AC Tune-Up 

Without proper maintenance, your AC unit won’t run efficiently or function properly when you need it most. At Service Legends, we offer seasonal tune-ups to check on your unit and see what needs to be replaced or fixed before the grueling summer heat sets in. Tune-ups make sure that every aspect of your unit is running effectively to preserve a homeowner’s peace of mind.  

The best time to have a tune-up is during the fall or spring, giving your unit time to adjust to a change in weather. Have any problems fixed well ahead of the seasonal weather schedule. 

For more information on how to keep your AC cool all summer long, contact Service Legends for a cooler tomorrow. 

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