5 ways to prepare your aircon for summer

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The weather’s getting hotter and that can only mean…well, many things, but also that the air conditioner is about to be back in service. For your business, keeping things cool is critical for comfort, health, and good work ethic. Productivity can drop dramatically when your working environment is too hot, so effective aircon will help keep your employees working at their best. But if your system has been out of action for several months now, you might turn it on only to realise something’s not right. Here’s five ways to prepare your aircon unit for summer to ensure everything’s in tip-top shape.

1. Clear your vents

If your aircon hasn’t been used for some time, the air vents can build up with dust, cobwebs, and other debris. Blocked vents not only make your system work harder for worse results, they also pose a fire hazard. This is especially true for larger HVAC that need to climate control a whole business-worth of space. Business electricity doesn’t come cheap, so running a system inefficiently really adds up. All of this can be avoided by simply giving your vents a courtesy check before you start running and removing anything blocking the fixtures.

2. Check the temperature

Part of managing your aircon responsibly is setting your thermostat properly. This means setting your temperature to a reasonable level, ideally a few degrees below the ambient air temperature. This is to give you the burst of cool air you need without overtaxing your system by running continuously. It will help you save money and ensure everyone is comfortable within the office. You’ll also want to check your thermostat is working properly as dead batteries or malfunctions can impact your temperature control.

3. Keep the outdoor unit clear

Air conditioners work by pulling in air from outside to cool and pump into a building. Like cleaning the vents, you’ll want to keep the outside unit clear. Sucking up leaves, branches and any other debris will block the air flow, leading to an inefficient air conditioning unit. Regular cleaning and inspection throughout the year can prevent serious debris build up early on. This can help prevent a costly repair job by keeping your unit running efficiently.

4. Clean or change your aircon air filter

An air filter’s main job is exactly what the name implies — filtering air. Dirty air filters reduce the quality of air being blown into the office, potentially causing health issues among those inside and generally making the building a less pleasant place to work in. Changing the filter is a simple matter that only takes a few seconds. Ideally, you should be doing this a few times a year depending on how often you use your HVAC system.

As part of our major aircon service, we clean and check air filters to make sure there is no blockage. So, you can enjoy the peace of mind that our expert HVAC engineers will keep your aircon running smoothly.

5. Arrange an aircon service

Even, if you do everything right, it’s important to get you air conditioning serviced regularly by professional engineers. Regular servicing throughout the year is a good way to ensure your air conditioning stays in peak condition and is compliant with government regulations on F Gas.

Our experienced engineers have extensive knowledge and ability when it comes to diagnosing problems and can spot and fix issues with your aircon that you might not have noticed.

These five tips will help to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently, but it’s still important to have your units checked by F Gas certified engineers. Our aircon service will keep your units clean and hygienic, as well as keeping it compliant with F Gas regulations.

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Sources:

https://learn.compactappliance.com/summer-hvac-maintenance-tips/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23341698

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