Get your air conditioner ready for the summer

The intense summer heat is upon us – make sure your air conditioning system is ready. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your air condition system for the hot weather:

Check your air filters

Many air conditioning system failures are due to the filter. It is recommended that the filter be changed at least once every 60 days. If someone in the household has allergies or there are pets in the home, change it more frequently, every 20-30 days.

Inspect your outdoor unit

Make sure it is clear of debris, leaves and brush. It is wise to keep at least two feet surrounding the system clear for air to flow freely and more efficiently.

Check your indoor air registers

These sit at the end of each air supply duct and control the distribution of air in the room. The air registers are a very important part of the HVAC system. To improve the airflow in the home, keep them free from debris, dirt, rugs and furniture.

Get a tune-up from a licensed professional

Think of an air conditioning tune-up as similar to a tune-up on a car; have it inspected to avoid any unexpected breakdowns. A licensed professional will inspect your system, clean the coils and check the hoses and refrigerant levels to ensure they are running properly to keep you comfortable when the sizzling days return.

Taking appropriate precautions to keep everything in tune can help extend the life of your HVAC system. If your unit is on its last legs, it might be time to consider investing in a new installation. Travis Credit Union offers Energy Loans that can be used to purchase a new HVAC system or other energy efficient product for your home. Visit to learn more or give us a call at (800) 877-8328 during normal business hours.

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