Spring has sprung which means warmer temperatures are right around the corner. While we are spending more time at home, it’s a great opportunity to give your central air conditioning system a review. According to energy.gov there are some simple things homeowners can do to help the transition from heating to cooling go smoothly.

The most important task you can do is to replace and clean the filter. Clogged, dirty filters reduce the efficiency of the unit and block airflow. A good rule is to clean or replace filters monthly during peak use months. To help you remember, set a reminder on your cell phone or write it down on the family calendar.

Now that your unit is ready to come out of its slumber, take a walk around the condenser unit. If you see any dryer lint, dried leaves, weeds, and other dirt and debris hanging out near the unit grab your work gloves and remove as much as you can. Continue to check the area and keep it clean throughout the summer months. Nicer spring days are also a good time to trim foliage back to allow adequate airflow around the condenser. Aim for a clear area of at least 2 feet on all four sides.

Finally, turn the unit on to ensure it is blowing cold air. If after 15 minutes nothing happens or the unit does not begin to blow cold air when you place your hand over the air vent, you may need a professional to come in and take a look. As an Agway Energy customer, you are protected from expensive repair costs through our EnergyGuard™ program. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.agwayenergy.com/energyguard/residential-protection/