Air Conditioning Tips for Late Summer

Taylor helps keep your central A/C in top condition

home cooling marylandWe can see the end of summer approaching as we near Labor Day. That means it’s time to start thinking about taking care of your home’s air conditioning system before it starts its winter vacation.

Taking care of your A/C system involves a bit more than flipping the switch on your thermostats to “fan” or “heat.” By ensuring your air conditioning system is running properly now, you can avoid any issues when warm weather returns next year.

Cut your A/C usage

As the weather begins to cool down, we may still need our air conditioners on occasion. However, it’s wasteful (and expensive) to keep them running all day and night. By following these three tips, you can give your A/C a break while also lowering your energy costs.

Turn up the thermostat. By merely changing your thermostat setting to 78° rather than 74°, you can cut your energy usage. You won’t notice any difference in comfort but running the air conditioning less will result in substantial savings on your energy bills.

Use your ceiling fans. Air circulation can help you be perfectly comfortable without needing air conditioning at all.

Open the windows. When it gets cooler in the evenings, open the windows and use ceiling fans and other fans to move the cool air throughout the house.

Do some fall cleaning outside

Grass clippings, branches, twigs, plants, and weeds can block the airflow around the air conditioner. This can cause the device to wear out prematurely and damage it. Clean everything off of and around the equipment and ensure there is at least a foot of clear space all around it.

Get your annual A/C inspection

Though your air conditioner may work well, it needs an annual maintenance inspection to function at its best possible efficiency. The late summer and early fall months are the best time for Taylor’s team of trained and experienced technicians to give your air conditioning system its annual maintenance inspection, as well as comprehensively inspect it. This way, any potential issues can be identified and fixed, so they don’t become big problems when you turn the A/C back on next year. We will also tell you if your air conditioning system is nearing the end of its useful life, so that you may begin preparing to replace it.

By servicing your A/C now, you’ll be one step ahead of everyone else who wait until next year!

Change the air filter

If you haven’t changed your air filter in three months or more, it’s time to do so. Air filters should be checked at least once a month and changed as needed. A clean filter helps your A/C run more efficiently while preventing damage caused by a blocked filter. It is also especially important if someone in your home has allergies or respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD.

Contact Taylor today to schedule your home’s air conditioning system inspection!