Are you someone who hates the thought of the upcoming arrival of summer? Do you dislike heat and wish that winter could stick around for longer? As much as you might hate the arrival of warmer weather, there is nothing that you can do to halt its approach. At least, you cannot stop its arrival outside. Fortunately, modern homes have a climate control system that can make life more bearable, whether it is below zero outside or around a hundred degrees. But in order for this system to work in the summer when you need it, here is more info that you need to do right now:
Change the filter: If you didn't change the filter in your AC system last autumn after you turned it off for the last time, now is when you should do so. Running with a dirty filter in place can cause various issues, even though you might not notice the effects immediately. In the first place, a dirty filter can allow dust to enter the AC system which may then build up on the interior of the AC unit itself. If it doesn't pull dust through the filter, the AC will be working harder to move air through the duct system, putting a strain on the unit. Both of these issues can result in expensive AC repairs over the course of time.
Get an inspection: Even if you change the filter and otherwise do everything else correct, getting an annual inspection can help to prevent certain expensive AC repairs in the short term. An inspection will check for things like loose wiring or a dying fan motor, things that are easy to fix now but that could also result in more costly damage if not remedied in a timely manner. Many companies offer discounts on inspections and tune-ups during the cooler months, so the sooner you can have this done the easier it may be on your wallet.
Clean the surrounding area: When you have a ground-based AC unit, it's important to keep the area around the unit clean and free of debris. Although you may have done your best last fall, there may still have been a substantial amount of leaves that you were unable to get cleaned up before the first snows fell. If some of these leaves have been resting against the unit all winter long, it's possible that you're going to need AC repairs to fix rust or other oxidation caused by this damp vegetation. In order to prevent this in the future, it's a good idea to invest in a cover for your AC unit and to put it on as soon as the weather cools enough that you won't need the AC again until spring.