Depending on where you live in the country, you may or may not have yet turned on your air conditioning this spring. Some states have experienced hotter than average temperatures, while others are slowly warming up after a long winter. If you have yet to turn on your air conditioning, it is the perfect time to schedule your air conditioning service. You should plan to have an air conditioning inspection minimally, once per year, in the spring months, for the following reasons.
To ensure you are prepared for hot weather
Have you ever been without your air conditioning during a hot summer? It can be very miserable. You attempt to open the windows, realizing that you are only letting in even hotter of air. You find it uncomfortable to sleep at night. Fans simply seem to circulate air that is hot. If the heat gets too high, you may even be forced to stay with a friend or in a hotel room for safety. Do not risk the chance of being left without air conditioning this summer.
To prevent fire hazards
Your air conditioning system is electrical. It is a part of your home?s entire electrical wiring system. If there are problems with the wires, or they are outdated, this can pose a fire hazard. In 2010, air conditioning, fans, or related equipment were involved in an estimated 7,400 reported U.S. home structure fires, regular maintenance and repairs can prevent these fires. When your air conditioner sits there all winter, it is possible that fire hazards are present.
To increase efficiency and reduce energy bills
Have you ever noticed a significant increase in your home?s heating or cooling bills? It is possible that you simply attributed it to a hotter summer and an increase in usage of your air conditioner. However, it is also possible that your air conditioner requires an AC repair. Even if your air conditioner requires repairs, it could continue to work. The only difference is that it now has to work much harder, causing an increase in your energy bills. A routine air conditioning service by a qualified air conditioning contractor can usually quickly identify these types of problems.
To increase air quality
The air that your air conditioner pumps into your house is the same air that you and your family are breathing constantly. If the air conditioner is not properly cleaned or maintained, it could be putting allergens or chemicals into the air. One of the most important benefits of upgraded air conditioners is their addition of cleaner air products. There have been many advanced in the industry over the past decade including SEER ratings, energy efficient systems, and the addition of clean air products. Your air conditioning service should also include an air quality testing.
To reduce overall humidity
Have you ever run your air conditioner all day and night to still never reach a comfortable temperature? This is often due to high humidity. Humidity can make it feel hot and uncomfortable, even when the air conditioner has lowered the overall temperature of the house. AC services can improve humidity by removing it. When your air conditioner is not operating properly, has broken parts, or has leaky ductwork, it can cause an excess of humidity in your home. An AC repair company is needed to correct this problem.
Air conditioning season is almost upon us. Avoid uncomfortable home temperatures by scheduling your air conditioning service today. Otherwise, you run the risk of a broken air conditioner when you need it the most, numerous fire hazards, and allergen filled air. You might also find that your energy bills increase, without every fully cooling down your house or getting all of the humidity out. A single air conditioner service can fully inspect your AC unit and identify any areas of improvement. Correcting these problems now, rather than later, will save you money over the long run and will ensure that you have a comfortable summer.