When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
As the weather begins to warm up and the days get longer, it's time to start thinking about readying your home's cooling system and shutting down the heating system. It is a good idea to get all your home's cooling components ready in advance, especially to make sure your air conditioner is working properly. Here are some tips to help you prepare to keep your home cool during summer's sweltering months.
Service Air Conditioner
Begin by removing any protective covering from your outside AC unit and clear debris from around its perimeter. Debris can accumulate around the air conditioner's exterior cover over the winter and can clog its air flow and cause the motor to burn out. Remove any leaves, trash, and other materials from the outside. Trim back any vegetation growth from around the exterior of your air conditioner.
Call your HVAC repair professional to come and complete a professional tune-up, cleaning, and maintenance check on your air conditioner. If your air conditioner is newer, this regular maintenance may be part of its warranty but is always a good idea to ensure all components are working properly, especially on an older unit. Talk to your HVAC professional about signing up for a service contract, which can help you save money on your annual tune-ups and may even save you money if any repairs are needed, later on.
Check Ventilation Openings
If your home's air conditioner cools your home through a series of ventilation ducts, make sure the vents blow the air properly to cool your home. During winter, for example, any heating vents near the ceiling should be positioned to direct airflow downward. During summer, switch the vents, so they blow air upward to help circulate air downward, as cold air naturally flows downward.
Also, check to make sure nothing has been placed to block your fresh-air return vents and outflow vents. In early spring when you shut off the heat, and before you turn on the air conditioner, your vents don't get used and may become inadvertently shut or blocked by furniture and boxes.
Switch Ceiling Fan Rotation
If your home has any ceiling fans you have been using during winter to circulate the warm air downward, you will want to reverse the rotation of the ceiling fan blades. To circulate warm air through a room, the ceiling fan blades should rotate clockwise. During the summer your ceiling fan blades need to rotate counter-clockwise to push air down from the ceiling. This movement will more easily cool the room and keep you comfortable.