The lazy, hazy days of summer? They only feel that way if you’ve done your prep work. Avoid the frustration of AC service calls by following these five simple steps before the season takes its toll.
Prep for bugs. Warm weather wakes insects and bugs of all shapes and sizes from their winter hibernation, and they often head right to the cozy and food-filled homes nearby. Check all windows and doors for cracks and broken seals, filling with caulk or weather stripping. You may also want to apply a barrier repellant around your home or by doors and windows where you’ve experienced insects before. Be sure to read the packaging to make sure whatever you use is safe for any kids or pets in your home.
Become a fan of your fan. Did you know your classic ceiling fan is designed to rotate differently depending on the season? In winter months, it should rotate clockwise to help spread heat that’s risen. In the summer, it should run counter-clockwise at higher speeds to generate a nice breeze. Make sure your fans are set the correct way and enjoy that affordable cooling until the true heat and humidity roll into town.
Program the thermostat. Actually, let’s back up. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, now may be the time to make the upgrade. Leaving the air on high after a particularly hot afternoon can lead to wasted energy during the evening’s cooler hours or while no one is home to enjoy the lower temps. Once you have a programmable thermostat, be sure you have it set to match your family’s schedule and preferences. A few degrees difference can make a big impact on your electric bill!
Replace the filter. The air filter on your HVAC should be changed twice a year, so if you didn’t do it this spring, make sure it’s switched out before the high use of the summer season. This not only ensures cleaner air circulating your home, but allows the unit to run more efficiently, saving you money.
Tune up the AC. Well before the heat of summer requires its daily use, have a Madsen tech do a seasonal inspection and tune up on your HVAC unit. This is your last chance to ensure the system is running properly, and feel confident that you’ll be able to stay cool as those temps rise.
Schedule your AC inspection before the rush! Contact Madsen today.