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Air Conditioning Tips for Late Summer

Make sure your A/C is ready to run next year!

air conditioning new hampshireWith Labor Day weekend approaching, we can see the end of summer on the horizon. That means it is time to start thinking about taking care of your home’s central air conditioning system before it goes on its winter vacation.

There’s more to do than flip the switch on your thermostats to “fan” or “heat.” A little effort now will ensure that your air conditioning system will be in good running order when warm weather returns next year.

Scale back your A/C usage

Although we may still require our air conditioners as fall gets closer, it’s important that we break the habit of leaving them on all day and all night. Doing these three things will help give your air conditioning a break and lower your energy costs at the same time.

Turn up the thermostat. Just by setting your thermostat to 78˚ instead of 74˚, you can help reduce energy consumption. You probably won’t notice a difference in comfort, but it’ll make a world of difference for running the air conditioning less and cutting your energy bills.

Use your ceiling fans. By circulating the air, you may be able to avoid turning on the air conditioning altogether and still stay comfortable.

Open the windows. If it gets cool in the evenings, open windows and use ceiling fans and other fans to circulate the cool air around the house and reduce your need to run the A/C.

Do some fall cleaning outside

Airflow around the air conditioning unit may be blocked by grass clippings, branches, twigs, plants, and weeds. This can create wear and tear on the unit as well as the damage it. Take a few minutes to clean anything off the machine and make sure there is at least a foot of clear space all around the A/C unit.

Make sure the A/C is tuned up

Even if your air conditioning system is in excellent working order, it still needs an annual maintenance tune-up to ensure that it is operating at maximum efficiency. Late summer into early fall is the perfect time for P. Gagnon & Son’s skilled service professionals to not only give it its tune-up, but also thoroughly inspect it, and identify and fix issues before they become major. We can also let you know if your A/C is reaching the end of its life so you can begin planning to replace it. 
You’ll be ahead of the game next year because you won’t have to try and get the A/C serviced when everyone else is, too!

Change the air filter

If you haven’t changed your air filter in three months or more, now is the time. Air filters shouldn’t go longer than three months without being replaced and should be swapped out even sooner if someone in your home has allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD.

Contact P. Gagnon & Son to schedule your home’s air conditioning system tune-up!