Whether you have air conditioning in a residential or commercial property, it is a system which can quickly become one of the biggest drains of energy and money if it is not ready for the summer. Throughout the rest of the year, you may be paying relatively low energy bills for your air conditioning, but it is important to remember that throughout the summer your air conditioning system isn’t likely to be off.

To prepare your system for the warmer months of the year by ensuring it is working efficiently, hire an air conditioning contractor like Sovereign Planned Services Ltd or follow these simple but effective steps you can take.

Change Your Filters

When it comes to maintaining your air conditioning unit, this is step one and something you should be doing regularly. Depending on your system, the filters should be replaced every month, if not every two months to keep it running efficiently. Your air conditioning installer should be able to advise you on where to purchase these and will likely offer a service in which they routinely carry out this job.

Remove Debris

If your air conditioning unit is located close to the outdoors, it would be advisable to regularly check for any leaves, dirt and other debris that may be hindering its performance. During the summer plants and grass can grow much quicker and therefore are more likely to cover your unit. Again, you should be checking for any signs of debris once in two months.

Check for Leaks

Leaks are the number one culprit for throwing money away on energy bills! Sealing any loose joints and holes will ensure that your air con unit continues to work efficiently and could save you a significant amount of money annually. As a quick fix, you will often find that duct tape will be your go-to but as soon as you spot these problems it is advisable to call a contractor to fix the issue and more importantly check if your unit is still safe to use.

Clean Your Air Conditioning Unit

When it comes to cleaning your air con system, it isn’t a simple case of rubbing it down with a fluffy duster. A thorough clean of the entire unit is the only way to ensure your air is clean and that your system is working as it should. Cleaning the fins on the exterior of your unit with a small soft brush will allow the air to pass smoothly into the room without disruption from dust particles. Then, move on to cleaning the coils on the exterior of the unit which can often collect dust and mud- both of which you don’t want to clog up the system. Finally, the condensation pipe which, as the name suggests, removes condensation from your air con, can also get clogged. To solve this issue, find where the pipe drains to and check for any blockages.

Each of these steps should help to ensure your system is working at maximum efficiency throughout the summer.

If you own a commercial building having air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw, then it must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor. The inspections must be no more than five years apart.

However, the best way to be sure is to hire a professional air conditioning contractor specializing in the installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems. These contractors have years of knowledge and experience in solving common air con problems, setting up preventative measures and quickly solving issues will ensure that your air conditioning system is ready for the coming summer months.