The hot summers and high humidity levels in Corpus Christi, Texas, mean that you rely on your air conditioner to provide indoor comfort for most of the year. An unexpected breakdown of your AC system could be avoided by scheduling a professional tune-up in the springtime. You can also do a few things yourself to prep your AC system for the cooling season.

Change the Air Filter

Changing the filter in your air conditioning system is the single most important thing you can do to prepare for the cooling season. A dirty air filter reduces the air conditioning system’s energy efficiency by about 20 percent. With a dirty filter, it has to work harder to cool and dehumidify your home. This increases your electricity bills. Check the air filter once each month, and replace it at least every three months.

Trim Vegetation Around the Outdoor Compressor

The outdoor compressor unit needs a minimum of three feet of clearance in all directions. Trim back any tree branches, overgrown grass or shrubs and other vegetation. It’s also a good idea to clean the coils and fins. To do this, disconnect the power at the circuit breaker. Spray the coils and fins with your garden hose. During a maintenance visit, your service technician will also do this.

Clean the Vents and Ducts

The cooled and dehumidified air produced by your AC system won’t help you feel comfortable if it can’t get into your living spaces. Vacuum the vent openings and covers to remove dust and dirt. Remove boxes and other items within two feet of the vents.

Preparing your AC system for the cooling season ensures that you’ll enjoy a comfortable indoor climate. Preventive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system also extends its lifespan and decreases the risk of breakdowns and disruptions of your comfort. At Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co., we look forward to helping you maintain an efficient and effective air conditioning system with an annual maintenance visit. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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