Is Your AC Ready for Summer?

Sweaty Man In Front Of Fan

Below is a checklist of things to do before the Arizona heat comes:

  • Basic Maintenance
    • Basic maintenance year-round is essential for an efficient unit. Start by changing your filter at least once a month.  For pet owners and/or smokers, it would be wise to do it more often.  This prevents dust and dirt from blocking the cool air in your home.  Also, take a few minutes to walk around your home and dust your AC vents.  This will clear the vents from any obstructions that may have been keeping cool air away.  After indoor maintenance, take a step outside to clean off any debris on or near your condenser.  Make sure there are no plants near the unit.  A good rule of thumb is to have a clear, open space of about 2 feet surrounding your unit.  Take extra care when clearing a rooftop unit.  Your safety always come first.  For this reason, it is best to call a certified technician to do maintenance.
  • Adjust Programmable Thermostat
    • Installing and correctly using a programmable thermostat will help keep your energy bill low. The programmable thermostat makes it possible to customize your air conditioning schedule.  This allows you to set the temperature a little higher when you are not home, which will help prevent your unit from working too hard in Arizona’s hottest months.
  • Turn on Fans
    • Fans are great because they come in a variety of sizes: ceiling fans, tabletop fans, floor fans, and more. Using fans will maximize the cool air in your home.  Make sure to set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise during the summer.  This makes the air flow downward, preventing excess heat from rising.  Once the temperature starts to cool, change the direction again.
  • Cover Windows
    • You may notice that areas near your windows are much warmer than other areas of your home due to the sun penetrating through the glass. Your air conditioner needs to work harder to replace that heat.  One way to counter this is to invest in window treatments.  Blinds and drapes, especially black out curtains (but any cover is better than no cover!), will dramatically cool sun-exposed areas.
  • Upgrade Unit
    • When all else fails and your unit is still not sufficiently cooling you home, it may be time to invest in an upgraded system. Your older unit may be costing you more money due to cooling lost and excess waste.  Newer, energy-efficient, air conditioners are constantly being made.  Norris Air provides free in-home estimates for your convenience!