Summer 2019 officially started on June 21.
Although forecasts are generally pointing to a summer with temperatures that are normal for the season, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure your air conditioning units are up to the task of beating the heat … especially when you’re in Dallas and ‘normal’ still means upwards of 100 degrees.
Summer in Dallas can be fierce. The temperature can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in the months of July and August. In extreme conditions, it can go as high as 114 degrees.
Most, if not all, Dallas homeowners have invested in air conditioning units to help combat the heat of the Texas summer. Ensuring that your AC units are in top shape before the summer is good practice. Who would want to face the stress of having your unit break down during summer?
Maintenance is generally do-it-yourself. Here’s a list of things to do to ensure that your AC unit is in its peak performance.
Do a Visual Inspection
First thing’s first, check if your physical unit is in good shape. Check for wear and tear in the power cord as well as the plug. Ensure that your unit’s buttons and remote are working perfectly.
As good practice, you should have your AC filter cleaned at least once a month. A clogged filter restricts airflow, demanding your unit to use more energy to cool your home. This not only hikes up your energy bill, but it can also cause damage to the system.
In addition, the dirt that accumulates from the filters will affect the air quality in your home as it will get pushed by the cool air coming out of the unit.
Clean Your Condenser Coils
Clean the outside part of your unit. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris that might have accumulated there. Remove anything that obstructs airflow in the condenser that will affect its efficiency.
Check for Leaks
Check for loose spots or damage in the ducts and connectors. Seal any disconnected joints, separated pieces and small holes in your ductwork. This will help immensely in heating and cooling costs.
Test Your Thermostat
Your thermostat can help regulate the level of temperature inside your home, which can help save you energy costs. You may consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that will allow you to automate the temperature settings throughout the day.
A smart thermostat can turn on your AC before you come home from work, leaving you feeling cool and comfortable when you arrive. You can also set it to turn the unit off when no is home to prevent wasting energy and bumping up your bill.
If you are doubtful of your ability to do a maintenance check on your unit, contact a professional to do the maintenance check for you.
Cowboy Services conducts AC tune-up to keep your unit running as efficiently as possible. You can schedule an annual AC system check-up now to ensure that your cooling system is in good shape before the hottest summer months.
Contact us today for more information about our services.