Tips from the Edmond home inspection source
It’s not unexpected that warmer weather has already started to settle in, but soon the real scorching summer days are going to be here. If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so. Just because your A/C functioned perfectly fine last summer doesn’t mean that zero maintenance will be needed before you start using it this summer. In the course of completing Edmond home inspections, I have seen many filters that were rarely replaced. As someone who has seen A/C problems during many Edmond home inspections, I’m going to offer up some tips to get your A/C ready for the long, warm summer.
Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 1: Air Flow
- Keep all the areas around the vents clear for maximum air flow. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
- I also recommend the “open door method.” By this I mean if it is possible for you to keep bedroom doors opened, the air will flow properly rather than being strained or forced into a closed off area.
Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 2: Pests & Pets
- Use a pesticide (an eco-friendly product, please) around the exterior of the unit to keep ants and other bugs away.
- Keep dogs and other pets away from these units. Dogs or other animals urinating on the outside unit can cause damage.
Edmond Home Inspection Tip #3: Keep it clean
- Be wary about mowing the lawn near the unit while the A/C is running. Blades of grass getting into the system could cause damage. It would be best to shut the thermostat off while mowing.
- Check the unit and clean off any debris.
Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 4: Change Filters
- This is so important! Check and change your furnace filter regularly. This area gets ignored, but is important to the efficiency of your unit.
- Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.
These are just a few quick tips, there are other things to think about such as keeping the duct work clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups and having ongoing protection of your A/C unit. Spending some time to give your unit a once over and following the tips provided could save you some heartache and money in the long run.