Summer is just around the corner, Oregon residents — which means now is the perfect time to start preparing your home to tackle the heat. If you are looking to keep your humble abode as cool as can be but aren’t too sure where to start, here are some helpful tips to take into consideration!
How to Prepare Your Home for Summer
Schedule Central Air Conditioner Maintenance
Off the top of your head, when was the last time you scheduled a maintenance appointment for your home’s central cooling unit? If you can’t recall, now is the perfect time to do so! Believe it or not, a maintenance appointment with a professional will inspect every aspect of your central air conditioner; from top to bottom!
Having this annual checkup will ensure that your air conditioner is running smoothly and provide you with a problem-free summer. Still, if a technician happens to see a potential issue, they’ll be able to present you with a solution and address it before it can turn into a much more significant obstacle down the road.
Now, if you do not schedule annual maintenance for your central air conditioner, and there’s an undiagnosed issue, you may run the risk of your air conditioner:
Breaking down when you least expect it.
Working much harder than it has to produce cold air.
Shortening the lifespan of your unit.
Remember to Change Your Air Filter
Since there's a chance that your cooling unit hasn’t run since last summer, it’s time to replace your air filter! Typically, with regular use, you should replace your unit’s filter between every two-to-three months (at minimum) to help your AC run as efficiently as possible. Failure to do so could result in your unit working overtime to produce the desired temperature for your home.
Of course, if you’re also looking to improve your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to replace your air filter even sooner — since this object helps prevent airborne allergens from making their way into your ductwork.
Think About Adding a New Central Air Conditioner
Do you recall how old your current central cooling device is? Well, if it’s anywhere over fifteen years old (or getting close to that age), you may want to consider getting a new, efficient unit. Nowadays, newer models are manufactured with the latest technology, helping them run efficiently and cool your home evenly and more powerfully — without using that much energy.
Another thing to consider is that a new central air conditioner will add value to your home. Especially if you plan on selling your humble abode down the line, a new central cooling system will increase the value and provide peace of mind to the home’s new owners; it’s one less project they’ll have to tackle!
Opt for a Ductless Split System for a Single Room
Do you have a room in your home that won’t cool down, no matter what you do? Or did you recently expand your humble abode and have a room that is without ductwork? No matter what the situation may be, a ductless split system is a perfect solution to keep you and your family cool!
Instead of having to put an air conditioner in the window, this unit is mounted to a wall in the room, and a condenser is placed on the outside of your home. This technological cooling breakthrough is efficient and helps save money since you’re only cooling one room at a time — not your entire home.
Additionally, during the colder months out of the year, this unit can even heat your room and keep it comfortable — which is always a huge plus!