Get Your AC Ready for Fall and Winter the Right Way

The skies are mostly blue even though temperatures will fall during the winter nights but we will still have the pleasant temperatures we are used to having during the daytime. Summer will come to a close. Now, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your AC. Although your air conditioner won’t be working as hard during the cooler months, you’ll need to make sure it’s ready for next summer.

In order to get the most out of your system and make sure it has the best chance possible to survive the fall and winter without breaking down, there’s a lot you can do. In this article, we’ll give you all of the tips you’ll need to prepare your AC for fall and winter in Port St. Lucie.

Adjust Your Thermostat

We’re in Florida, so our “cold season” is pretty mild, right? Nightly low ranges can span from 65°F to 40°F, and those temperatures are nowhere nearly as chilly as what other regions get in the winter.

Still, residents of the Sunshine State need their ACs much less often from December to February than they do the rest of the year. So, as the days get shorter and cooler and your comfort needs change, turn your thermostat up. You don’t have to make a sudden adjustment. Tick up the temperature bit by bit, one degree every few days or so, until you reach a cozy temperature. This step will relieve your AC a bit in the “off-months” and prevent wear and tear.

Is your thermostat non-responsive or displaying nothing? Does it show the wrong temperature? Refuse to turn on? If you’re experiencing any of these issues, we strongly advise you to address them with AC repair (more on that in a bit) before fall and winter. Otherwise, you may waste tons of energy and money.

Clean Up Your AC

It’s important to keep your outdoor unit clean and clear of overgrown bushes and plants that can prevent proper airflow from around the system and cause serious problems. If your condenser’s coil has not been cleaned recently, be sure to call a trained HVAC technician.

By keeping your outdoor unit clean, you will also prevent clogs and blockages that could damage your air conditioner over time or even cause breakdowns. It’s also important to have the drain line chemically treated, as this will help the condensation flow through the drain line out of your house and prevent backup.

You should also clear the area around your AC unit to ensure proper airflow. Insufficient airflow can lead to overheating and eventually breakdown, so make sure major debris is out of the way and that your unit has a comfortable amount of open space on all sides.

Get Your AC Inspected

You should have your air conditioner professionally inspected just before winter or when it starts to get warm again in spring. A regularly scheduled AC tune-up is essential for a few good reasons. If you’re wondering where you can get reliable tune-ups, don’t worry. You won’t need to search for an “AC tune-up near me,” just call I Need the Plumber & Air Conditioning, and we’ll help you out.

An AC tune-up will keep your unit clean, which maximizes performance and energy efficiency. It also keeps your utility bills as low as possible during peak season use. Most importantly, an AC tune-up will reveal any potential issues affecting your unit that could lead to health issues and future breakdowns.

If any serious problems are starting to develop inside your unit, you might not realize it until an AC repair is necessary. Don’t wait that long! Without regular AC tune-ups, your until will lose significant energy efficiency over time, which means higher and higher utility bills. Plus, a tune-up essentially pays for itself when you consider the long-term savings.

Air Filters

We recommend you replace your air filters regularly, at least every 30 to 60 days.  It’s simply a healthy thing to do, no matter the type of HVAC system you have in your home. Your air filters help keep your air and unit’s cooling coil clean. Over time, particles build up on the surface of your air filter. If left alone for extended periods, that buildup will eventually restrict airflow through your system as the debris sticks to the coil, causing your system to work harder than it should. Over time, your unit will become less efficient and be susceptible to sudden breakdowns.

Again as a rule of thumb, replace your filters every 30 days in the summer and up to 60 days in the fall and winter, always depending on how many warm days we have each month.  You will want to check the filters to make sure air is still able to flow freely. You should also read any materials included with your filter or consult a professional to confirm its lifespan.

Get AC Repair When You Need It

We understand that AC repair costs can seem scary. If your unit needs repair, it’s best to take care of it sooner rather than later. An AC repair will make sure your unit is ready for each and every season and ensure that it can keep your home as comfortable as possible. Rest assured, when it comes to AC repair costs, I Need the Plumber & Air Conditioning will provide upfront pricing and will only work with your express approval.

The Best AC Technicians in Port St. Lucie

I Need the Plumber & Air Conditioning in Port St. Lucie is your go-to, local HVAC service provider. Our team is friendly, knowledgeable, and cares about your comfort. Call today and schedule your appointment with one of our friendly, expert technicians.