You may be bundled up in blankets right now, but you'll be packing those away before you know it. Summer will soon be here, and you'll be ready to turn on your air conditioner. However, your air conditioner might not be ready to cool you down. In fact, if you haven't taken the right steps, you might not get the relief you'll be hoping for. Luckily, you don't need to be stuck in the heat. Here are three simple steps you can utilize to make sure your air conditioner is ready for summer, and your home stays comfortably cool.
Schedule a Pre-Season Tune-Up
If your summer didn't end with a professional shut-down of your air conditioner, it's a good idea to begin this next summer with a pre-season tune-up. Your HVAC technician will be able to catch all the minor issues that weren't caught last year. Those pre-season tune-ups can reduce your chances of suffering through a few hot days because your air conditioner has malfunctioned. While your HVAC technician is out taking care of the tune-up, be sure to have them clean your air conditioner coils. That will help get rid of the dirt and debris that could interfere with proper performance this summer.
Reverse the Ceiling Fans
If you've got ceiling fans in your home, they can really help your air conditioner keep things cool during the summer. However, you've got to make sure that the blades are programmed to turn in the right direction. If you've got your fan set to warm, you're not going to get the full benefit of your ceiling fans. Before summer arrives, get up on a ladder and make sure that your fans are set to cool. Don't forget to switch them back to warm in the fall though. If you don't, you'll have cool air blowing on you during the winter.
Inspect the Attic
If it's been a while since you were up in your attic, it's probably a good idea to head up there before summer arrives. A lack of proper insulation and ventilation can lead to some serious problems during the summer. First, without proper insulation, your home isn't going to stay as cool as it should. Second, without proper ventilation, your attic is going to get extremely humid during the summer, which means your home will too. Not only does excessive humidity in the attic cause for an uncomfortable summer, it also leads to mold growth, which can increase your seasonal allergies.
Don't leave your air conditioner to do all the work on its own this summer. Use the tips provided here to help reduce the work your air conditioner will need to do to keep you cool during those hot summer days.