Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer04/13/2017Summer is upon us! Many of us are excited for warmer weather and some peaceful summer days. To boost your comfort and truly relax, ensure your air conditioner is ready for the summer heat. One of the keys to a fun summer in West Columbia is a dependable, efficient air conditioner. While Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. constantly recommends staying up-to-date with annual preventive air conditioning service, we’ve got several tips to help keep your air conditioner functioning in the heat. First, another time to cite the golden rule of HVAC: Check your air filter routinely! Replace it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Take the cover off your air conditioning unit if you had it covered for the winter. Turning on your air conditioner in advance of removing the cover can ultimately damage it and lead to costly air conditioner service calls. Plants, leaves, tall grass and debris that are close to your outside unit can reduce your AC’s functionality. mow the grass, remove any debris and remove overgrowth that obstructs your unit before you run it this summer. remember to check the surroundings at least monthly to keep it open and maximize airflow through your air conditioner. To get the best air quality and that your air conditioner is running efficiently, have your ducts cleared out regularly. It’s also a favorable idea to have your ducts examined for leaks to make sure all that cooled air is going where you need it and not getting out through gaps. Consider putting in a programmable thermostat to provide assistance to manage the efficiency of your air conditioner. Evaluate the slab your air conditioner unit is placed on. These simple steps can save you from unnecessary air conditioning service and keep you cool and comfortable during the warmer weather. If you would like to arrange your annual air conditioner service, or if you want any more tips or recommendations to help get your air conditioner ready for summer and keep it running steadily, call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia at 803-796-9172 today. Or, schedule an appointment with us using our easy-to-use online scheduler.