People in the United States may think that Denver citizens are lucky because there’s no need for air conditioning. That could not be further from the truth. June, July, and August are hot months in Denver. There is very little rain, and temperatures during the summer regularly reach 90 degrees. Older homes in Denver may not have air, but people in Denver are increasingly asking for central air and heat. If you have an AC system, you need to be ready for the summer. Here are some tips to keeping your AC in the best shape possible heading into the summer season.
How to Keep Your AC Running Perfectly
First, you need to understand how to operate your AC to get peak performance. During the day, especially if you aren’t at home, you need to keep your AC at 78 degrees. At night, you can lower the temperature to a sleeping level. If you constantly run your AC at 70 degrees during the day, your air conditioner will have to work much harder. There’s a chance your evaporator coil could freeze up as well. If you are running your AC, but you aren’t getting cold air, your coil may have frozen.
Next, be sure you are changing your filter each month. One of the most common reasons your air conditioner may not be working right could be a dirty air filter. If you haven’t changed your AC filter for a while, the dirt will impede the flow of cool air into your home. You can find an air filter replacement at hardware stores and supermarkets.
Now that you have had a look at the inside unit, you need to turn your attention to the outside unit. The outside part of the AC system is just as important as the inside. Denver winters, especially this year, can be brutal. Your outdoor system may have a ton of debris around it, or it may be covered with pollen from the spring bloom. You need to double check and make sure the system is free of debris. You can always rinse your outside system off using a water hose.
If you aren’t sure that your air conditioning unit is operating the way that it should, you can have someone out to look at it. Service technicians can do a twice-yearly check on your system. Often, technicians will come out in the fall to check the heat, and again in the spring to check the AC. A service technician will be able to determine if your system is truly ready for the summer.