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May 23, 2019
Warm weather is approaching quickly here in Utica and Rome, New York. Is your air conditioning system going to provide the cool comfort you depend on all summer?
The last thing any Utica area homeowner wants in the middle of a heat wave is to have to schedule an emergency AC repair. Fortunately, there are a few preventive steps you can take to prepare your AC system for the coming heat.
Book a Spring Tune-up If You Haven’t Already
Many homeowners in Utica and Rome don’t know that air conditioning systems require annual maintenance to continue running at their best. AC maintenance is best completed in the spring, before the summer heat hits. If you haven’t yet scheduled a spring AC tune-up, do so while there’s still time!
Your AC tune-up will include optimizations to keep your air conditioner running more efficiently, such as important cleaning and lubrication of moving parts. A tune-up is also a chance for your HVAC technician to catch any minor issues early on — so a surprise breakdown doesn’t strike later in the summer.
Schedule an AC Repair If Necessary
Sometimes an AC emergency does happen, especially at the beginning of the cooling season when you first turn your system on. Whether you hear strange sounds when your air conditioner starts up, you feel warm air coming from your vents, or you simply don’t feel quite as cool as you’d like, schedule an AC repair early, before the summer heat arrives. That way, you can beat the summer rush for AC repairs and minimize any downtime during hot weather.
Consider Installing a New Air Conditioning System
Did you know that you can benefit in the long run by replacing your central air system before it breaks down completely? And that ductless air conditioning options are available for homes that don’t have a central air system? Whether your existing air conditioning system is driving up your energy bills, or you feel it’s finally time to upgrade from those window AC units, spring and early summer is a good time to consider installing a new air conditioning system.
Already have a central air system, or have a room in your house that’s notoriously hard to keep cool? Here are a few signs that you could benefit from an AC upgrade:
Your air conditioner is over 10 years old
Cooling costs have risen more than 10% since last year
You’ve scheduled 2+ repairs in the past 10 years
A repair costs over 25% the cost of a new unit
Your AC is not properly sized for your home
Don’t have a central air system? You may be interested in installing ductless mini splits (often referred to as split air conditioners.) Unlike central air conditioners which require ductwork, ductless mini splits are installed directly in the rooms and areas they condition, eliminating the need for air ducts. Mini splits don’t just cool air, either — they also provide heating in the winter!
If you live in the Utica, NY or Rome, NY areas, get in touch with the team at Fred F. Collis & Sons for your air conditioning service needs. We’ve served Central New York for over 80 years and pride ourselves on delivering fast, exceptional service.