Tips: 10 things to get your AC ready for Louisiana summer

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The heat and the humidity of a South Louisiana Summer is no joke. While you sip on a refreshing cocktail to keep cool, you want to make sure that your air conditioning unit is working properly!

AC contractors are always very busy during the extreme temperatures of summer and winter, so it’s best to conduct a maintenance check now!

Here is the ten step maintenance plan from the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana to get started:

1.    Get the right equipment installed correctly – Replacing old equipment is a great way to save energy costs and money. To reach its full potential, a system must be the right size for your home and be properly installed. Improper installation or sizing can significantly reduce your system’s efficiency.

2.    Check your thermostat settings – Want the best of both worlds? Why not try installing a modern smart thermostat. Installing a smart thermostat is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to save energy costs while you are away, but keep you comfortable when you are home. It will automatically adjust your home’s temperature depending on the needs of your schedule. You also have the convenience of operating it right from your smartphone.

3.    Change filters regularly – Inspect the air filter monthly and replace as necessary. If it looks dirty after a month, change it, to improve air quality and efficiency.

4.    Check the area surrounding your outdoor unit – Remove leaves and debris from around your system, trim back any nearby bushes and clean out leaves or dirt from the top of the AC unit to improve air flow.

5.    Seal ducts properly – Unsealed ducts routed through unconditioned spaces like attics and crawl spaces allow heated and cooled air to escape. These leaks ultimately reduce your systems efficiency.

6.    Listen for unusual noises – Unusual noises are often a sign that there are potential problems. Sounds like duct popping can be an indicator of airflow restrictions and high pitch squealing or screeching noises can indicate failing motor bearings. It is rare that these strange noises will just go away, but if you’re aware of them, you can often avoid being without A/C when you need it most.

7.    Check for standing water and condensation– Standing water near the indoor unit or excessive condensation build up on the duct could indicate a clogged condensate drain or worse it could be from ice buildup due to an airflow issue or refrigerant leak. Catching it early can prevent damage to other components.

8.    Check high and low voltage wiring to outdoor units – It is common to find areas where a mouse or chipmunk have chewed the electrical wires controlling the outdoor unit. 

9.    Keep vents and registers clear – Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency. Keep registers and vents clear of furniture and other items that may restrict airflow.

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