Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
It's only May and Las Vegans are already feeling summer heat across the valley. Ideally, you've already made sure that your HVAC system is up to par and you are ready to just knock down the thermostat and chill. But what if you haven't? If you're new to your home (or the desert) you might not know exactly how to prep for the inevitable onslaught of heat. Here are 5 steps to make sure that your HVAC is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer.
Clean off the air conditioning unit
The winter weather can be rough on your air conditioning unit. Clean around the unit, removing any debris like plants, twigs, or families of squirrels that have taken up residence. (If you find a squirrel family, please set them up with a nice condo somewhere else on your property). You will need to remove dirt from screens and clean coils and fins. Please be sure that the unit is completely powered off before you begin.
Change out Filters
Filters allow your system to operate at its best. They should be changed monthly when the AC is being used.
Try out the thermostat
Turn the thermostat to cool and give it a few seconds to kick on. If the system doesn't come on, call a certified technician like Mojave Air Conditioning to repair or replace the system.
Check the condensation lines
A plumbing snake or industrial vacuum can be used to clean the lines and ensure that they are clog-free. A certified HVAC technician can assist you with this process.
Look for leaks
Leaks and improper insulation can force your air conditioner to work more than necessary which will raise your energy bills and shorten the life of your unit. Areas to check include doors, windows, attics, and air ducts throughout the home.
A certified technician from Mojave Air Conditioning can ensure that your air conditioner is running at peak performance and can check your home for any other "energy suckers" that could drain your money and your fun from the summer.