It seems a bit early to be thinking about summer air conditioning maintenance. But in reality mid March might just be the best time. Some local systems act as two way heat pumps, cooling in the summer and heating in the winter by reversing the cycle. The primary system for heating in Pine Belt, Mississippi is gas. So the system is active year round. But the heavy lifting occurs in the summer time. As early as April the AC may be turned on.
Change Air Conditioner Filters Monthly
The primary home owner’s responsibility is filter changes. Filters should be replaced every 30 days for the whole year round. Filters capture dust and other household atmospheric debris. Dust mites, dander and dirt are filtered from the air. These particles carry allergens that create misery for the homes occupants. Even those not susceptible to allergies generally do better with cleaner air. The finer the mesh, the smaller the particles captured. But the price paid is lowered air flow. You need to choose filters balanced to the recommended air flow rate mandated by the manufacturer. All things being equal you need more filter area to maintain air flow and the smaller the openings in the filter mesh. This translates to bigger filters.
AC System Inspection & Cleaning; Condenser Coils, Evaporator, Coolant Lines, Condensation Drain Pans & More
Another part that needs attention is the AC condenser coils. The condenser coils are exposed to outside atmospheric conditions and they collect dirt. Dirt lowers the condenser’s efficiency and is usually unprotected by filtration. For some older systems attention should be given to the evaporator (protected by the filter) as well. Any natural debris like leaves and twigs should be cleared. You will want to check the lines that run the coolant through the system. Replace missing or damaged insulation in exposed areas using foam insulation sleeves. The air conditioning systems represent the major consumption of power in the home. These need to run efficiently to keep power usage as low as possible. Condensation drains and pans need cleaning and clearing. Those of us living in the sun-belt areas of Pine Belt, Mississippi depend on our AC systems to maintain comfort and our health. Anyone who has spent a day or two without an operating air conditioning system will agree that coping with high temperatures affects both mind and body. The very young and the elderly are very susceptible to exposure to elevated temperatures over extended periods of time.
Evaporative Cooler VS Air Conditioner
During the 1960’s through the 1980’s many homes depended on evaporative cooling systems, the ‘swamp cooler’. As the general humidity in the valley rose over time due to population increases, the efficiency of the evaporative systems to manage hot weather has deteriorated. These systems are usually wrapped in plastic to keep out dirt and wind driven buildup. Of course the pads need changing and the water sump requires cleaning annually. The job is best accomplished sometime in late March or early April. Though not as prevalent, evaporative cooling systems can still be encountered, and as with all mechanical systems oiling of bearings and other preventative maintenance is required.
Air Conditioner Inspection, Preventive Maintenance Tune Ups & More in Purvis, Petal & Hattiesburg MS & Pine Belt, Mississippi
One thing to keep in mind is that the cooler months tend to be a slower period for the HVAC professional as they are not dealing with air conditioner emergencies. Timely response times with the peace of mind of the attention of qualified technicians will go a long way towards a healthy and comfortable summer. The trained and certified HVAC personnel at Steve’s Heating and Air will welcome the opportunity to serve you and your maintenance needs. Contact us to schedule a spring air conditioner tune up today!