As summer comes to a close, many homeowners have a long checklist of to-dos to complete before the cooler weather arrives, often including shutting down the air conditioner. Here are some AC maintenance tips for the end of the season to ensure there are no surprises when you start your unit up again next year.
The best AC maintenance tip to save yourself a lot of headaches next summer is to visually inspect your unit. Ensure it has adequate room to breathe and is not obstructed in any way. Over the summer, grass, weeds, and other foliage tend to accumulate around air conditioners, so give the area surrounding your unit a quick trim. There were some pretty intense storms this season, so be sure to check for any branches or leaves that may have fallen and obstructed your air conditioner as well. It’s a good rule of thumb to have at least 2 feet of clearance around your unit, but the more the better.
Change the Air Filter
Some homeowners aren’t aware of this, but the “furnace filter” in your HVAC system is actually an air filter that is responsible for filtering the air from your air conditioner as well. If you haven’t changed your air filter yet this summer, be sure to check it and replace it with a new one if necessary. This is an easy AC maintenance tip that will positively impact the comfort and efficiency of your home year-round.
Consider Saying Goodbye
If your air conditioner was barely able to make it through the last few months of the summer, it may be time to let go of your aging unit and replace it with a new cooling system. The typical lifespan of an AC is around 10 years, but the more often you have it running, the more wear and tear will accumulate. Don’t set yourself up for a surprise next summer season by neglecting to upgrade your air conditioner, have a new system installed by the experts at Delta now to ensure it is ready to keep you cool not just for next year, and for many years to come.
These AC maintenance tips are a great start, but be sure to contact the experts at Delta Air Systems Ltd. to have your cooling system professionally serviced from top to bottom with an end of year tune-up. Breeze into next summer; book your service appointment or cooling replacement today.
Delta Air Systems Ltd. has been proudly serving the HVAC needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions for over 65 years. We strive to provide our customers with reliable, cost-effective solutions for all of their heating and cooling needs.