Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For The Summer?
AC Tips Heading into the Heat Wave
There’s nothing like a summer day in eastern Pennsylvania: Going bike riding along the Schuylkill River Greenway. Getting ice cream at Petrucci’s. Taking the kids for a ride at the Pottstown Carousel. Spending a day or weekend at French Creek State Park.
And those summer days are especially great when you have the option of staying in – or returning home to – your cool and comfortable air-conditioned home when it gets too hot. But if your home’s air conditioning system conks out, you’ll lose your escape from the sweltering heat.
That’s why it’s a good idea to prep your AC so that it’s in good condition for the next time you need it – whether that means tomorrow or not for several weeks. You can protect your investment in your family’s comfort all year long with these helpful tips for getting your air conditioner ready for summer.
Make the most of your AC before it gets too sweltering
- Stay up to date on AC maintenance. Ready your AC for this summer and prevent breakdowns and costly repairs by getting your summer maintenance out of the way now. You’ll want to address any minor problems that developed over the winter as soon as you can. Don’t wait for issues to get worse during the summer, when you need your AC the most.
- Replace weatherstripping, seals and insulation. Home upgrades like these are easy to complete while it’s still comfortable to work outdoors, and you don’t want to skip securing your home’s gaps and cracks, because it can save you lots on your energy bills. Keep that cool air you’re paying for indoors where it belongs!
- Change your dirty air filter. Did you know it costs more to force cool air through a dirty air filter? Don’t pay more to circulate dirty air while putting increased strain on your system. If you haven’t changed your air conditioner’s air filter in a while, the clog restricts air flow, meaning your system won’t be able to keep up. Also, dirt and dust can get on moving parts, which can cause damage. You should be changing your air conditioning filter every one to three months. It’s closer to one month if you have people in your home with allergies or respiratory issues, or pets.
- Consider ductless mini-splits. Mini-splits work like a regular air conditioner, but no ductwork is needed. They’re installed through the wall but unlike older wall units, they’re unobtrusive. The side that’s indoors blows the warm air inside the home over cold evaporator coils, then sends that cooled air out into the room. The heat taken from indoors is dumped out of your home through the outside part. Oehlert Bros. installs mini-splits from industry leader Fujitsu, in a variety of sizes and configurations. You can choose between wall, ceiling and slim-mount units, multi- and flex-zone systems, and options including remote control and WiFi-enabled thermostats!
- Upgrade your central air. When you install a new central air conditioning system, your investment pays off in lower energy bills. With a high-efficiency new A/C system, you could save up to 40 percent on your cooling costs. Plus, if you choose an Energy Star–rated central air conditioning system, you may also qualify for a tax credit!
Trustworthy heating & cooling experts you can turn to all year
Our service technicians are trained and experienced, and some have been working with us for more than 20 years. We have a long, proud history of quality work and outstanding service. And we offer fair, transparent, fast and affordable financing options. Make sure your home can beat the heat year-round! Contact the experts at Oehlert Bros. today to get started.