Summer brings many things. It’s time to move the grill from the garage to the back deck. It’s time to bring the patio furniture up from the basement and on to the porch. Maybe you have a swimming pool and must dedicate a weekend to opening it and getting the chemicals adjusted just right. This all sounds like a lot of work, but you make sure you get the work done because you want to enjoy your summer to the fullest. Most people don’t realize that preparing your heating and cooling equipment before the summer begins can make the warmer months that much more enjoyable, too. A working air conditioner isn’t enough heading into the summer. You want to be sure the air conditioner is operating efficiently and that it isn’t at risk of breaking down when you need it most. First, check the thermostat. If your thermostat is set wrong, your HVAC equipment will not be able to keep your home as comfortable as you’d like it to be. Second, tighten your electrical connections and lubricate all the moving parts in your HVAC equipment. This alone will increase the life of your unit. Third, clean the evaporator and air conditioning coils. Dirty coils in your air conditioner can cost you money because it forces your cooling equipment to run longer. Longer operating times lead to more energy usage. Finally, change your air filters right before summer. A lot of people suffer from allergies that stem from poor indoor air quality. Replacing your filters could help you and the family avoid the sniffles.