In typical Northeast Ohio fashion, the summer heat arrived early. Then it left for a little while. Then it was back, then…well, you get the picture. The March heat wave caught everyone off guard, and many people tried to get their home air conditioners running without the best results. One call to the Cleveland, Ohio area’s home heating and cooling experts for maintenance and repair, BTU Comfort Solutions quickly set things right, though. Here, BTU Comfort Solutions owner Don shares some tips to help you prepare your Parma, Ohio or Lorain, Ohio home cooling system for summer!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if heating and cooling systems were self-maintaining? Sadly, this is not the case, and many of us feel like we’re in over our heads whenever we have to deal with our central air or furnace. However, there are things that you can do to help your system to run more efficiently, and to prevent the need for repair when you need your air conditioner or furnace the most.
It’s a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced and cleaned each spring to get it ready for the summertime. The same goes for your furnace; clean and service it in the fall to prepare for the cold months ahead. Your springtime maintenance should definitely include clearing your air conditioner’s drain line.
Keep your eye on the forecast, and plan ahead whenever possible. If you see that temperatures are on the rise, turn your home cooling system on before it really begins heating up inside. Doesn’t sound efficient, right? But, it is. By turning the thermostat to cool before your Cleveland home has become uncomfortable, the system can cool the house to the desired temperature, and then simply maintain it as the heat increases outside. However, if you wait until your Lorain home or business has become stuffy and overly warm, then your air conditioner has to work overtime in order to cool it down, and may end up running for consecutive several hours. This can lead to parts wearing out more quickly, and the need for air conditioner repair.
If you feel like your cooling system is not working at maximum efficiency, there are a couple of things to check before you make your call to BTU Comfort Solutions in Parma to schedule a visit from one of their expert technicians. Some of them may sound like common sense, but we all know how easy it is to overlook the simple things, especially when you’re preoccupied with worry over what you fear will be a big, expensive repair.
First, check the thermostat. You know that you left if in the cool position, but maybe someone else turned it off when your back was turned. Maybe it got bumped. Who knows? So, just double check to make sure that the switch is, in fact, set to cool. The other switch to check is at the furnace to ensure that it is in the “on” position.
Once you’ve established that everything is set correctly, but you’re still not getting the desired results from your air conditioner, check your air filter. Is it dirty or clogged? Do you know when it was last changed? If your answers are “yes” and “no” respectively, it’s definitely time to replace it.
Next, it’s time to check the unsung heroes of your HVAC system: the cold air returns. We are all very diligent about keeping our vents unobstructed, but sometimes we underestimate the importance of the return air grilles. So, make a quick walkthrough to see if your return air grilles are clear, and not blocked by furniture, draperies, or anything else.
If you’ve performed all of these steps in your Cleveland, Ohio or Lorain, Ohio area home or business, but still are not getting the proper performance from your air conditioner or home cooling system, then it’s time to make that call to BTU Comfort Solutions in Parma, Ohio at 440.398.9415. They will have your system back in peak condition as quickly as possible, and they’ll do it without breaking the bank! For more HVAC tips or to contact BTU Comfort Solutions electronically, visit them online at www.BTUComfortSolutions.com.