Spring is in the air. Summer is close behind. And with summer comes one warm promise – high, hot, sticky temperatures. The change in the Charlotte weather has us all reaching for our summer wardrobe and setting our sights on vacation.
With those warmer temperatures come greater demands on your HVAC system. At Charlotte Mechanical, we hear a lot of good questions about “the first AC system run” of summer – and the question is often asked with trepidation.
The thought of shifting that switch to cool strikes fear into the hearts of many.
Well, we’re here for you; and we’re dispelling the fear and the myths with three simple tips you need to know about turning on your AC this season.
Your system is made to turn on… and off.
Reality: Turning your AC on after a long winter of being off will not damage the unit. Believe it or not, this is a common worry among our clients. Just like the air conditioner in your car, your home’s air conditioner is built to turn on and off frequently in response to the change in indoor temperature. Now, you may hear others say they need to be there to turn your system on the first time, but that simply isn’t true. Truth is, there is only one way to turn on your system and you can do it yourself. Of course, if you want one of our technicians there to support, we are more than happy to oblige.
Your system is safe.
We like to remind our customers that HVAC manufacturers install several different safeties on their air conditioners. These mechanisms are there to ensure the safety of the home and the proper functionality of the equipment. In addition, any reputable heating and cooling company, like Charlotte Mechanical, installs additional safeties to provide further protection for your home. Unsure of the safeties in place on your equipment? Give us a call; we’re happy to explain all of the safety features on your system.
Your filter is key.
The best way a homeowner can support the efficient functioning of their air conditioner is through the regularly checking and changing the air filter. Regular maintenance of the filter keeps your system running efficiently, safely and cleanly. At Charlotte Mechanical we include a free 4” media filter cabinet and filter with every installation of new equipment. Media filters are reasonably priced and provide great indoor air quality (IAQ). Air filters have the greatest impact on the quality of the air you are breathing inside your home. If you have questions about your filter, how to change it, or if you are interested in upgrading to a media filter cabinet, give us a call to set up an appointment today.
With these tips in mind, we hope you feel confident turning on your air conditioner this summer. Remember, your system is made to turn on and off, is built with safety in mind and needs a clean filter to run efficiently.
When in doubt, give us a call at 704-771-1020. You can trust our knowledgeable team; they’re ready, willing, able, and eager to assist and support you with any questions you may have about your first AC run of the season.