The scorching hot summers in Naples, Florida, aren’t always fun. Enjoying a cool and comfortable home brings peace of mind to many families dreading this time of the year. Find out four ways to prep your AC system for the hot weather ahead.

Clean or Change Your Air Filter

Your AC system’s air filter becomes clogged with dirt and other particles over time. If you don’t clean or replace it every couple months, this clogged dirt makes it harder for your air conditioner to circulate air and keep your home cool.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, keeping your air conditioner clean can also help lower your energy consumption by up to 15 percent. As a result, this simple task can keep your home cool and lower your energy bills all at once. We recommend checking your filter every 30 days.

Seal Cracks and Openings

Cracks and openings in your home’s doors and windows let hot outdoor air sneak inside your home. As a result, your air conditioner will have to battle harder to keep your home cool. Seal these air leaks by adding caulk or weatherstripping where necessary.

Clear Around Your Outdoor Unit

Obstructions around your indoor unit or vents can prevent air from flowing freely. Leaves and debris covering your outdoor unit can have the same impact. Move your furniture and any other home decor so that it doesn’t obstruct any of your AC system’s components. Similarly, clear out any debris around your outdoor unit at least twice a month.

Schedule Preventive AC Maintenance

Now that you’ve checked off every DIY to-do item from your spring AC checklist, it’s time to schedule preventive maintenance before summer weather hits. Professional maintenance will entail a more detailed check of every component of your unit to assure maximum cooling efficiency for the hot weather ahead.

Stay cool and comfortable this summer at a minimal cost. Contact Key to Cool today for more AC system maintenance tips or to schedule a professional tune-up today.

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