Warm Weather Alert: 5 Ways to Prep Your Home for the Summer

Are you ready for the upcoming warm weather in Toronto? If so, you should tell mother nature to just spring it. Of course, you can only do that if your air conditioning unit is good and ready.The spring and summer weather conditions continue to heat up each passing year. For many Torontonians, the heat can be oppressive and unbearable, especially when you either don’t have an air conditioner or if your air conditioner is on the brink of completely breaking down.

Remember, a faulty A/C unit won’t just prevent you from keeping cool, it will impact your wallet, too. With the carbon tax being added to your hydro bill, you must ensure that your air conditioner will remain energy efficient. We already know how big your hydro bill is now. Instead of waiting for an air conditioning repairman – they are in heavy demand between May and September – you can perform a series of repairs yourself to ensure its ready for the heat.

Here are five ways to get your house ready for the summer heat:

1. Thoroughly Clean Your A/C Unit

Have you seen your air conditioner lately? It’s dirty, full of grime and has taken a beating from the horrendous winter weather conditions. In other words, it is time to thoroughly clean the unit.

If this is the first cleaning job in months, then it must be an exhaustive clean inside and outside. Moving forward, it is best to regularly clean your air conditioner on a weekly basis.

2. Examine Your Air Ducts Immediately

The efficacy of your air ducts is essential to your air conditioner. If it is possible, you need to head upstairs to your attic and examine your air ducts to ensure air is coming out of them. Oftentimes, as you will likely notice, is that if it is dirty enough then it will block air flow. If so, you need to clean the air ducts. Once this is done, air will flow out of the ducts again.

3. Change That Filter Now

One of the most common issues that households experience is a broken down filter in your unit.

If you find that your filter is dirty or clogged, then you will realize that this is the reason why you unit is experiencing a paucity of air flow or why your air conditioner is icing up. The basic remedy to this problem is to replace the filter. It is recommended to change your filter yearly.

4. Melt Any Ice That Forms

Speaking of an iced up A/C unit…Should you discover that your air conditioner is all iced up then it is important to melt it right away. There are two steps you can take: turn the system off and let the fan help melt the ice or you can turn it off and let the ice melt on its own. Voila!

5. Is Your Thermostat Fully Operational?

Did you know that a thermostat that is not working can cost you plenty of money? It’s true.

The best measure to employ is to change the batteries if the thermostat is battery-operated. Moreover, you need to ensure that the thermostat is set for a temperature that is below the room temperature. Also, keep in mind that it shouldn’t be turned off or be set to the fan level.

After a cold and dark winter in Toronto, you’re looking forward to the sunny and warm weather in the Big Smoke. Of course, your tolerance for heat can only last for so long until you seek refuge in your cool and humble abode. Air conditioning can be expensive – the initial investment and then the monthly hydro costs that follow – but if you maintain it properly and ensure you take all of the appropriate financial measures then the unit won’t be so much of a burden to you.

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