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Summer season mostly spells fun for the family. You can set up an inflatable pool in your backyard, break out the slip ‘n slide, prepare the grill for some serious barbecue, and call your family and friends to come over for some summer-night cook-outs. But as much as you enjoy summer, the searing 90 degree temperatures can be bothersome. On some days, the temperature could reach 100+ degrees. It is so hot that you can even cook an egg on the pavement.

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer

With summer temp’s seeming to get hotter and hotter each year, a good air conditioning system is a must to keep you comfortable. But just like how you prepare your backyard for a fun summer evening, you must also prepare your home’s cooling system. Here are some tips to follow to help maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency.

  1. Schedule a tune-up. Have your home’s furnace and air conditioner checked annually. You don’t want a malfunctioning air conditioning during the peak of summer. If you’re not proactive on tuning-up and maintaining your air conditioner and furnace, you could be waiting weeks to get in a busy line of other people needing repairs, too.
  2. Change your furnace filter regularly. A clogged air filter can disrupt the airflow of your cooling system or air conditioner, which can result in poor cooling performance. A clogged filter also makes your air conditioner work longer and harder, hence consuming more energy that can lead to higher electricity bills. Such over-working can shorten the life of your HVAC system, too. Depending on your furnace, you should change your filter quarterly or monthly.
  3. Keep outdoor compressors away from obstructions. Ensure that your air conditioner’s compressor is free from obstructions. Cut or trim down shrubs that may obstruct the airflow and affect the performance of the compressors.

In addition to ensuring your HVAC systems are in top-performing shape, make sure that your home has adequate insulation, too. What good is an efficient air conditioner with inadequate insulation if all your comfortable air just escapes your home?