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Seasonal Air Conditioning Checklist For Your Ohio Home

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As the days grow longer and temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your air conditioner for the summer season. Taking a few proactive steps now can save you from potential headaches later and ensure that your cooling system operates efficiently throughout the hot summer months. To help you get started, the HVAC experts at Heart of Ohio have put together this checklist of tasks that every homeowner should perform to ensure their air conditioner is ready to go for summer.

1. Clean Or Replace Air Filters

Air filters play a crucial role in maintaining the indoor air quality and efficiency of your air conditioner. Over time, these filters become clogged with dust, dirt, and allergens, obstructing airflow and straining the system. Clean or replace your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, typically every one to three months, to promote proper air circulation and enhance cooling performance.

2. Clear Debris Around Your Unit

Inspect the area around your outdoor air conditioning unit. Remove any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or grass clippings, that may have accumulated during the winter months. Trim back any vegetation, shrubs, or trees within two feet of the unit to ensure proper airflow. A clear and unobstructed condenser allows for efficient heat exchange and prevents potential damage to the system.

3. Test The Thermostat

Ensure that your thermostat is functioning correctly by testing it before the summer heat arrives. Set the thermostat to cooling mode and lower the temperature to a few degrees below the current room temperature. Listen for the click of the air conditioner turning on and verify that cool air is being produced. If you encounter any issues, consider replacing the thermostat or calling Heart of Ohio for assistance.

4. Inspect And Seal Air Ducts

Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts can waste a significant amount of cooled air, resulting in reduced efficiency and increased energy bills. Inspect your air ducts for any cracks, holes, or loose connections. Seal any leaks using foil tape or mastic sealant to improve your air conditioner’s performance and maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home.

5. Schedule A Professional Maintenance Visit

One of the best steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for the summer is to schedule a tune-up with the Heart of Ohio team. Our experienced HVAC technicians can thoroughly inspect and clean your unit, identify any issues, and ensure that it’s running optimally. Regular maintenance not only extends the life span of your air conditioner but also helps it operate efficiently, reducing energy consumption and lowering your utility bills.

Call Heart of Ohio today at 330-764-1011 to schedule air conditioner maintenance services in Akron or the surrounding areas of Northeast Ohio.

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