Winter was over before it ever began in Arizona and summer is already on our doorstep. This spring has already brought higher temperatures, which means you have either already started using your cooling or you will soon.
With that in mind, we want to make sure your air conditioner or heat pump will be ready for its increased workload when the extreme heat hits. Prepare your home and cooling system for the Arizona summer with this checklist.
Check attic insulation – Most homes are built with insufficient insulation in the attic. You can greatly reduce your summer heating bills by adding attic insulation, and spring is a great time to do it. For the Phoenix area, ENERGY STAR recommends an insulation rating or R38 to R60, or a minimum of 10-14 inches. Adding insulation can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your cooling costs.
Seal air leaks – Another very effective way to cut your cooling costs this summer is to seal air leaks in the shell of your home. By caulking around doors and windows, replacing worn weather stripping and sealing around exterior electrical outlets and fixtures, you can create a more efficient home. ENERGY STAR has created a helpful DIY guide that you can download here.
Check/change your filter – Before turning on your air conditioner or heat pump this summer, check your air filter. Our warm, dry winter coupled with a desert environment is a perfect recipe for dirty air. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, causing your air conditioner to operate less efficiently. Most filters should be checked at least once a month and replaced when visibly dirty.
Clear the area around your air conditioner – Look around the outdoor condensing unit and clear the area of any debris, including leaves, dead grass or weeds and trim back any shrubs or bushes near the unit. These steps will ensure adequate airflow to your air conditioner.
Check the drain line – Your cooling system needs to drain excess moisture when operating. If the drain line is clogged, it can create a mess in your home that can lead to mold, mildew or fungus growth. To check the drain line, look for water running out of your outside drain while your air conditioner is running. If you don’t see any water, it may be a sign of a clogged drain line.
Turn your thermostat to “cool” – This may seem obvious, but many homeowners neglect this simple step. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat won’t turn on your air conditioner or heat pump unless it is moved from “heat” to “cool”.
Get a tune-up from an air conditioning professional – Regular maintenance on your air conditioner will keep your system running efficiently all summer. A professional tune-up will check your refrigerant level and make sure electrical and mechanical components are operating properly.
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