air conditioning tips for summer

How to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

It’s just about time for warmer temperatures in Kansas City, which can make it more challenging to keep your home cool.

Finding a balance between comfort and affordability is important when tackling the summer heat. Here are some useful ideas to stay cool, reduce strain on your air conditioner, and keep energy bills from spiking.

Examine Your Filter

When prepping your air conditioner for the summer, examining your filter is the first place to start.

A dirty filter could restrict air flow and cause your system to work harder than it needs to. Examining your air filter for buildup of particles and debris will determine whether it’s time to either clean or replace it.

If you’re using a permanent filter, cleaning it thoroughly with warm water before temperatures rise will allow air to flow more freely. Make sure the filter is completely dry before you refit it.

If you’re using disposable filters, we recommend replacing them each month to maintain efficiency.

Clean Your Air Vents

Just like a filter, air vents can also be affected by unwanted debris that builds up naturally throughout your home. Clean vents keep air moving freely and help ensure your rooms are a consistent temperature.

Vent cleaning is a quick and easy way to improve your system’s performance. Take a microfiber duster or cloth and remove the debris from the vent opening to allow for proper air flow. If your vents are repeatedly clogged with debris, consider a professional air duct cleaning.

Use Fans to Increase Air Flow

Fans are a great tool to use alongside your HVAC system to increase air flow and reduce energy costs. They work with your air conditioner to provide more in-home comfort and lower temperatures.

We recommend ceiling fans rotate clockwise during the summer months. This causes air to flow downward and prevents heat from rising and sitting at the ceiling. Your HVAC system won’t work as hard to regulate the temperature in the upper levels of your home.

Program Your Thermostat

Programming your home’s thermostat is an easy to way to limit unneeded strain on your AC unit and increase energy efficiency. If you don’t currently have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one.

These thermostats can be programmed based on your ideal comfort and energy use preferences. Set it when you leave for work, save energy while you’re gone, and come home to the same comfortable setting as when you left. You can also adjust the settings to prevent your system from running constantly during a vacation.

Air Conditioner Repair

If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms, your air conditioner may need professional attention. Contact us for a service call, we’ll have your house cool in no time.

  • Blowing warm air
  • Broken thermostat
  • Running constantly
  • Unexpected noises

Our one-year parts and labor warranty means you don’t pay for parts or labor if something goes wrong within the first year of your air conditioner repair.

Want to make sure your air conditioner is ready for warmer temperatures? Have additional questions about your HVAC system’s performance? Give us a call today at 913-648-0007 or 816-836-1600.