The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports the HVAC industry is on a fast rise. This is not surprising. It’s hard to think of someone, anyone, who does not use air conditioning in the summer. Then think of a commercial business without air conditioning. They don’t exist.
The enormous number of installed air conditioning systems throughout the desert and surrounding areas gives us further insight. It tells us that many of these air conditioning units will need maintenance, repair, or replacement this year.
How’s Your Air Conditioner?
Now is the time to check. Waiting until summer to have your system tested for functioning could cost you both financially and in the time you get to spend in a cool environment.
A day without air conditioning looks like this: you leave for work early in the morning. It’s a little cooler inside your home because it’s still dark outside. You make your commute, work eight hours, and commute back home.
By this time, the sun has been beaming down on your home for ten hours and the heat inside has been stored all day long. You open your entry door and it hits you, a wall of hotness. You are immediately uncomfortable.
Even after the sun goes down and the temperature lowers a few degrees, you are still hot. You sweat just sitting still and watching television. When you try to sleep you turn on the fan. It blows hot air in your direction. You toss and turn all night.
When you finally fall asleep, it’s time to wake up. Before you do anything else, you call your local HVAC professionals. The technician tells you they are booked up but will put you on a waiting list. They are in high demand because hundreds of other people, just like you, chose not to give the air conditioner the attention it needs to operate on the hottest days of the year.
While wiping sweat from your face, or maybe tears, you realize this all could have been avoided had you been prepared for summer.
The good news? There is still time to avoid a situation like this. Below are some preparation tips you can do now to ensure your home is cool all summer.
Prep Tip: Check Your Indoor Air Quality Now
Truthfully, your HVAC professional should check your indoor air quality. But there are things you can pay attention to that will tell you when to call for help.
Poor air quality can lead to humidity, poor air circulation, or issues with ventilation. If you or someone in your family has headaches, dry eyes, fatigue, allergies, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms that mimic a cold, they could be caused by poor air quality.
These are definite signs it is time to call a professional. They can run tests for allergens, mold, and other contaminants, as well as ensure your air conditioner is doing its job.
Prep Tip: Turn on the A.C. Now
Don’t wait until it’s 100 degrees outside to turn on your air conditioning system. It’s like expecting an athlete who hasn’t run in years to wake up one day and run a marathon. It can’t happen. Your air conditioner needs to practice running at different speeds before you put it on full blast.
When you turn on your air conditioner, listen for anything unusual. Is your system making funny noises? How did it sound when it started?
Also, check for unusual output from the vents, sputters, and if the temperature in the room matches the temperature on the thermometer.
Prep Tip: Cover the Basics
There are some simple actions you can take to help you prepare your air conditioner for the upcoming summer months. The following can also help your HVAC technician when they provide your annual maintenance service. Grab a pen and paper and take detailed notes to share with your service provider.
Check the filter in your air conditioning system. Is it clogged with dust and dirt or is it too clean? Sometimes when there is no dust in your filter, that can signal something is not working right too.
Next, check the condensation lines. Do you see any leaks or damage? Check the coils on the condenser outside, ductwork, drain lines and vents. Both inside and outside, make sure the areas around your HVAC systems and parts are not cluttered and interfering with the unit’s functioning.
Specifically, if your outside unit is clogged with leaves and sticks, it could hurt the unit.
Checking your system on a regular basis helps you get to know if something looks out of place or broken.
Finally, do all of this now, months before summer arrives, while the HVAC providers are not overwhelmed with service calls.