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With summer right around the corner, it’s important to make sure your lake house is ready for weekends spent on the water. It’s going to take more than a quick spring cleaning session and opening up some windows. Make sure your HVAC system is up and running by scheduling air conditioner maintenance.
Living in Alabama where summer brings sky-high temperatures, a broken HVAC system is the last thing you want. It’s the worst time of the year to go without air conditioning.
5 Tips for Prepping Your Lake House For Summer
After the last crazy year, you deserve to have a good time at your lake house this summer. Unfortunately, many lake homeowners forget about the maintenance, cleaning, and caring that comes with owning a second home.
Our team at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air put together these five tips for getting your lake house ready for summer. These tips will have your lake house ready for warmer weather in no time!
Tip 1: Clean Up
A lot goes on behind the scenes to give your lake home the tender loving care it needs to host friends and family all summer long. It’s easy to remember a thorough dusting, vacuuming, and general deep-clean. But, don’t forget about the minuscule details of cleaning and cleansing every nook and cranny.
Many household cleaning tasks often get overlooked. Check that your ceiling fan is in proper working condition, dust fan blades, and reverse the fan’s direction if necessary. Clean the garbage disposal and wipe down windows from the inside. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Tip 2: HVAC Tune-Up
Air conditioner maintenance goes beyond making sure the heat and air work properly when you press a button. The goal is to protect your family not only from extreme heat but from mold and other contaminants that can negatively affect the health of your loved ones.
An HVAC tune-up by a Dixie service professional isn’t simply a breezy visual inspection. It’s an extensive evaluation engineered to improve performance and detect potential issues before they arise. Our Dixie HVAC service technician will conduct comprehensive cleaning, tests, and inspections to ensure every inch of your HVAC is functioning properly.
Tip 3: Air Filter Maintenance
Checking your air filter is an important part of air conditioner maintenance and air conditioner repair. We recommend examining your AC’s air filter monthly and changing it if it’s dirty. Hold the air filter up to a light if you’re unsure. If you can’t see through the filter, it needs to be replaced.
On average, you should replace air filters every 60-90 days. Furry friends make for the best lake companions and create lots of extra dust. If you have pets, you might be due for a new air filter after 30 days.
Dirty air filters limit airflow, causing your AC to do extra work, which isn’t necessary. Worst case scenario, your AC could overheat, leaving you without air conditioning in the scorching Alabama heat. You’ll have no choice but to call an air conditioning contractor and hope they can fix your air conditioning unit ASAP.
Tip 4: Evaluate Ductwork
If you’re feeling drafts around windows or doors, chances are, there’s a crack or hole somewhere in your ductwork. Warm air is entering while cool air is escaping, raising your HVAC utility bills for no reason.
Lower your utility bills by having your ducts sealed by a professional HVAC technician. It’s never a bad idea to do a quick check to ensure that every seal is intact. In the long run, preventative maintenance will only help you and give you peace of mind.
Tip 5: Regular Checkups
Don’t let proper maintenance of your second home fall to the wayside. Protect your investment with regular AC service and checkups from experienced Dixie HVAC professionals. We will thoroughly inspect or make any needed repairs to your HVAC before summer arrives.
Are you inconsistent with regularly checking on your air conditioner? You do have two homes, and that’s a lot to maintain.
If so, you might benefit from our Dixie Cares Plan. As part of our whole-home maintenance system, your air conditioner and heating system will receive one tune-up each year. Over time, this will help to increase the efficiency and longevity of your equipment.