DIY Air Conditioner Prep! It’s DIY season! Don’t let the warm weather sneak up on you. It’s been unseasonably warm for Edmonton this year, and it’s important to have your air conditioner prepped and ready to go for when the heat hits –whenever that might be. It can be intimidating to get your air conditioner ready for the first time. Maybe you are a new homeowner, maybe you’ve just never had to perform the task yourself.
Either way, the professionals at Legacy have put together a step-by-step guide for you to follow with ease.Your own little DIY project!
- Clear leaves, brush away dirt and remove debris from inside your air conditioner’s top grille.
- Trim nearby shrubs and bushes to allow at least two feet of clearance around the unit.
- Replace your air conditioner filter once a month. Dirty filters restrict air flow and mean your system can waste energy. Finally, clean airflow save you money!
- It’s better to prepare your air conditioner earlier than later. Even if it isn’t a very warm day, go ahead and set your thermostat to cooling mode and run your air conditioner a few minutes to make sure it’s working. If you wait until the weather gets hot to find out your air conditioner isn’t operating the way it should, it may be days before a technician is available to fix it.
- If you’re planning to replace your air conditioner, look for an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. Replacing an old, inefficient central air conditioner with a high-efficiency system can reduce cooling costs up to 20 percent. Helpful tip: If you use a room air conditioner, install it on a north-facing wall to keep it out of the sun. Room air conditioners work better when the unit stays cool.