It is great to turn the corner on the cold weather and look forward to warm and sunny temperatures. But before we get too deep into the heat, make sure that your home comfort system is in good working order. We have some tips to make sure your start to summer is not met with indoor sweat.
“HONEY, DID YOU TAKE THE COVER OFF THE AIR CONDITIONER”
Sound familiar? Every year we get calls for this. The extreme heat may surprise us, then we reach for the thermostat only to hear the air conditioning unit outside whimper. Someone forgot to take the cover off! And while you are out there, check on the cabinet to see if any animals have nested, or if there are spiders near the controls.
TEST THE AC, BEFORE THE HEAT WAVE
Don’t wait until until the 2nd day of a 30 degree heat wave. When it is around 20C, turn the cooling system on and see how it performs. If you think it might not be working, call Afterglow before the rush of calls come in – you get the air conditioning service faster and maybe cheaper.
CHECK THE FURNACE FILTER
A dirty filter may be the Number One culprit for service calls. Check your home air filter at least once a month, and replace it if necessary. VALUABLE TIP: buy the pleated filters, they let the dust and debris build-up in the valleys and air to still flow through – call Afterglow for details.
SET THE THERMOSTAT
Change the program of your thermostat to reflect your summer activity. Remember, you don’t want your house to be a walk-in freezer – it will be expensive and unhealthy.
OPEN YOUR WINDOWS FOR FRESH AIR
Unless the Landfill Site is next door, open your windows to let some fresh air in, especially around this time of year – before it gets too HOT!
Enjoy the Spring and good luck with the cleaning.