As the warmer temperatures of summer draw closer now is the time to check out the efficiency of your home’s air conditioning unit. During the winter, the AC system sits unused for months, which can cause a number of issues. The best way to make sure your system is running at peak efficiency this summer is to schedule a checkup for the unit prior to cranking it up for the first time of the season.

In addition to a checkup, there are a few tips that will help ensure the AC unit continues to run efficiently throughout the summer months.

Set the Thermostat at a Reasonable Temperature

Quite a few Kansas City homeowners put their thermostat settings much too low, without even realizing they are wasting energy. In addition to wasting energy, this lower temperature setting does not automatically mean your home is more comfortable.

A general rule of thumb is to leave the thermostat set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is considered comfortable for most people while some may want it a few degrees lower or higher. If you turn the AC down lower, however, it does not mean that the house will cool down any faster. It only means the compressor will be running longer. This wastes energy and will shorten the lifespan of the unit.

If you want to boost the comfort of your home, without adjusting the temperature, consider using a ceiling fan or floor fan. This will help keep the air moving and the space cooler.

Keep the Air Filter Clean

It is important to have your AC unit professionally serviced on a regular basis. If you have yet to do this for the spring season, it is high-time to call for a check-up. During the maintenance, the technician will change the system’s air filter so it has a fresh start. Be sure you know how to do this, too. It is important to clean or change the filter on a monthly basis for the rest of the season. If the filter becomes clogged, it will result in a choked up system and much less efficiency. If the issue is left unattended, it can result in higher cooling costs, a system that begins to freeze up and eventually expensive repairs with the potential of having to replace the entire system.

Call for Help at the First Sign of a Problem

If your AC is doing anything strange, behaving differently or just seems “off,” do not delay in calling for service. If you put off calling for repairs, this small, easy to fix and affordable issue may become much more extensive and expensive. If you wait and try to “ride out” the problem, you are likely going to find that your system suffers from even more damage and issues down the road.

The good news is, with these tips you can help keep your AC working properly throughout the hot months of the year. However, the best way to ensure your system is ready for summer is to invest in preventative maintenance at the beginning and end of the season. Doing this will minimize problems and help you discover a small issue before it becomes more extensive. Regardless of what your needs may be, count on the pros from Schomburg Heating & Cooling for all your air conditioning repair needs.