Don’t be fooled by the beautiful weather that normally accompanies springtime each year! Rest assured, the heat of summer will be here before you know it. In just a few weeks (or months – depending on the geographic location in which you live), you will be desperate to turn on your air conditioning system. When the weather is cool outside, it can be difficult to remember exactly how hot the weather can get during the summer. But once the outdoor temperature hits the 80s and 90s, you will quickly remember exactly how much you rely on your air conditioner when it’s hot outside.

There are a few steps that you can take to get your air conditioning system ready for summer, including:

Schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner. Call your air conditioner repair company and let them know you are ready to schedule your yearly air conditioner maintenance appointment. Many air conditioner repair companies offer a special price or package to customers who call early in the season for a regular service call. A typical air conditioner tune-up includes making sure the system is clean, flushed and ready to handle the upcoming hot season. If anything is not functioning properly, your technician should be able to repair the problem during the visit. Make sure that you don’t wait until outdoor temperatures are too hot, because this is when air conditioner repair companies get very busy – and it can be more difficult to find an available time slot for your maintenance appointment.

Change your HVAC system’s air filter. In reality, you should be changing your ventilation system’s air filter every single month. But if you have not changed the filter in more than a couple of months, now is the time to do it. When you start using your air conditioning system at the beginning of the warm season, you want to make sure your air filter has the opportunity to catch all of the impurities and allergens floating around in your home’s indoor air. Springtime is allergy season, and you want your HVAC system to filter the air as efficiently as possible. Additionally, a dirty air filter can cause your system to not function well, which can lead to preventable air conditioner problems.

Make sure the air conditioner unit that sits outside of your home is clear of debris. Over the course of the past several months, leaves, sticks, branches and other debris may have collected around your system. Make sure to spend a bit of time removing all of the debris that has gathered around your air conditioner. To promote optimal air flow, you want to make sure the area surrounding your unit is tidy.

Check your thermostat and make sure it is set properly. Many homeowners have programmable thermostats. If you are unsure how to program your thermostat, your HVAC technician should be able to program it for you and show you how to make adjustments. Additionally, an air conditioner repair company can install a new thermostat in your home if your model is old and not functioning properly.

Remember… the heat of summer is on its way! Get your air conditioner ready for summer before you actually need it. When you finally turn on your air conditioner this summer, you will be happy knowing that it has already been serviced and it’s ready to face the heat.