How to Prepare Your AC Unit for Fall

For a lot of people, preparing for the fall involves little more than pulling a couple jackets out of storage and ordering at least one indulgent Pumpkin Spice latte. If you’re a little more interested in preparing your home for the crisp air and crispier leaves than the average joe, that means taking certain steps to make sure preparations are in order – for your air conditioning unit as well as everything else. Take a look at these important considerations to make when getting ready for the fall:

Change the air filter.

A dirty air filter can lead to a number of unpleasant problems for your air conditioning unit, the biggest of which is the inability to properly cool your home in a timely manner. Imagine yourself, on the first truly warm day of summer after months of snow and ice, going to turn on your air conditioner and finding that no cool air is coming out. You’d be pretty upset, wouldn’t you? Avoid this potential problem by switching out the air filter in your unit before it goes into hibernation so when you start things back up again you don’t have a single care other than enjoying nice chilled air.

Give it a nice cleaning.

When you use things a lot, they get dirty, plain and simple. Changing the air filter is a good first step toward air conditioner cleanliness, but it’s not the only one. Wiping down inner coils, outer casings, and frequently used controls before the air outside gets frosty can help homeowners to avoid any gunk-causing issues when they start it back up in the warmer months. As an added bonus, it just looks nice and there’s nothing bad about taking pride in your air conditioning unit.

Schedule a maintenance check-up.

There is only so much you can do on your own when it comes to keeping your air conditioning unit working to the best of it’s abilities. Spending a small amount to get a yearly maintenance check-up can end up saving you a lot more in the long run since your technician will catch any potential problems long before they become disastrous. A little peace of mind can be worth a lot.

Look into the possibility of getting a new unit.

The best time to buy a swimsuit is during winter, because it’s the one time of year that no one is buying them out of necessity. That same logic goes toward purchasing new air conditioning units. If you’re thinking about switching yours out for a newer, shinier model, the best time to talk to someone about it is when other people aren’t as likely to be buying. You’ll have better chances at getting more proverbial bang for your buck and installation professionals are going to be more likely to have plenty of openings to fit your busy schedule.

Knit it a giant, adorable sweater.

Ok, you don’t really have to do this one, but… it would be pretty cute, don’t you think?

At Blue Ox Heating & Air, we understand how to keep your air conditioning and central air systems running in tip-top shape year round.Call today to schedule an appointment or speak with one of our technicians!