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As spring turns into summer, temperatures start to rise which means being indoors more often. Of course, being inside is only an option when your home is plenty cool thanks to your air conditioner. Before you turn on the A/C for the first time, there are some things you should do to make sure it’s in proper working order.The first thing you can do is to perform a visual inspection of the HVAC components. We know you aren’t an air conditioning expert, but there are some things you can look for. Check out the thermostat and make sure all the buttons are still working and that it properly controls the actual A/C. If it looks like something out of the 80s, it might be time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat which can save you money on cooling costs.If your home has any exposed ductwork, see how worn it is. Worn out ductwork can cause cooling loss which costs you money and won’t keep your home as cool as it should be. Look at your home’s air vents and make sure they aren’t blocked by anything. One fairly simple and affordable thing you can do is to replace your air filter. It should be changed out every three months, and more often if you have pets or allergies. Having your A/C’s air filter replaced at the beginning of the summer and winter is a good idea.Preparing for summer also means you should try to use other ways to cool your home as a supplement to the air conditioning. Ceiling fans are one of the most effective ways you can do this, and they don’t cost much money to operate. Be sure to close blinds and make certain that your home’s windows are doors are properly insulated.The most important thing you can do to make sure your home’s A/C is ready for summer is to get an air conditioning tune-up from Allen Service. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more.