How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Well Through the Fall08/24/2016 Just because the calendar tells us fall is here, doesn’t mean that you are finished using your air conditioner or cooling system still. This is the time of year when everyone goes back and forth between AC and furnace usage, but when your air conditioner has already put in a lot of work during the summer, it still needs a little maintenance before you make the full switch to heating. Keeping on schedule with your air conditioner maintenance can make a large difference in the comfort of your home. That, as well as these other tips, can keep you comfortable until it finally cools off: Raise your thermostat temperature. Raising your thermostat temperature during this season of moderate outdoor temperatures can still keep you comfortable inside. Turning off your air conditioner completely will not save you energy in the long run, but instead it actually makes it more difficult to turn your system back on when you need it again next fall. Setting your thermostat to a modest temperature is a good way to maintain a balance in your home as fall comes. Clean around your outdoor unit. The winter can leave excess debris and gunk around your outside unit, especially if there has been snow or high amounts of rain throughout the season. If you haven’t had an opportunity to clean up your post-winter yard, at least confirm that the area around your system is clear. Debris can hinder air-flow for your air conditioner, making your system to work harder than it should. Stay the course with air conditioner maintenance. Annual service on your air conditioner is critical for the longevity of your system. Check in with our professionals at James Heating & A/C, Inc and they will properly inspect your system to ensure everything is working as it should; the coils and filters are clean and that it made it through the winter undamaged. Our technicians will watch for small problems too, making sure that nothing turns into a large problem toward the end of your air conditioner usage for the season. Contact us at 336-853-6070 to schedule your appointment, or schedule the appointment using our online scheduler, and keep your system operating efficiently. Reduce your stress during the changing of the seasons!