Written on: August 22, 2022
At the tail end of summer, your air conditioning has hopefully been keeping you and your family comfortable. This is a full-time job during the hottest months in western Connecticut. By August, your equipment might not be cooling as well as you’d like it to.
Our Seymour Oil & Propane team has extensive experience installing and servicing A/C equipment. We know a few simple solutions to keep your cooling system running well and prepare it for next season. Here are four easy and practical end-of-summer A/C tips.
Did you remember to check your air filters this summer? Ideally, you should do this each month, but even if it slipped your mind, you can still do it right now. It only takes a few minutes and makes a huge difference!
The air filter is either inside your furnace or your return air vent. If your filter is dirty or clogged, then airflow is obstructed. You’re probably using more power than you should to cool your home. Depending on your filter, you can either wash it or replace it. A replacement filter is inexpensive, especially when you weigh it against the energy savings you’ll see with better airflow.
Connecticut homes benefit from rich soil and lovely warm seasons that are conducive to lush gardens and flower beds. Unfortunately, this also means weeds, grass and creeping vines can find their way into your outdoor cooling equipment.
If your condenser cabinet is clogged with debris and plant life, its performance will be significantly reduced, increasing your electric bills. So, take a moment the next time you’re mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges and clear the plants and debris from around your condenser.
Another component of your A/C that needs attention is the air handler’s evaporator coil. This coil can accumulate grit, dirt, dust and other debris throughout the season. If you give it a quick cleaning at the end of the season, you can enjoy strong cold air through the summer and a healthy start next year.
While you’re at it, check the drip tray under the coil and your condensate drain pipe. Pour out any accumulated water in the tray and clear any clogs in the pipe. This will prevent mold buildup that can negatively impact your indoor air quality.
It’s a good idea to schedule routine maintenance every year. An annual tune-up from one of Seymour’s HVAC experts will reduce breakdowns and improve your A/C equipment’s efficiency. Our technicians can catch small issues before they grow into expensive repairs. This will also increase your A/C system’s lifespan and ensure you comply with your manufacturer’s warranty.
Do you want maximum peace of mind in your A/C system? Protect it with a Seymour service plan. This affordable, comprehensive coverage includes a 15-point inspection and tune-up each year!