Your AC system gets the most attention and use during those hot and humid summer months that we all suffer through here throughout North Carolina and Virginia. But just because the weather begins to cool doesn’t mean your AC should stop getting the care and attention it needs to endure the upcoming colder months.

In fact, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure that your system can withstand the fall and winter seasons. When the cold weather hits, your system will become dormant, which makes it more vulnerable to damage.

With so many components at play within your system, it’s important to take special care and attention to every inch of your AC.


There’s no question that the climates of Raleigh and Chesapeake really put ACs to the test. Without proper care, your system will degrade fast. But one way to prolong the efficiency of your air conditioner is to replace or clean your AC filters.

In fact, replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your AC’s energy consumption by up to 15%!


Many homeowners know, instinctively, to examine their AC’s filter, but few realize that AC coils need the same level of care and attention. When you regularly replace or clean your filter, you’re helping to protect your coils. However, regardless, over time, the evaporator coil will collect dirt, which will reduce airflow and prevent the coils from being able to adequately absorb heat.

Not only should you regularly clean your coils, but you should also clear away any nearby foliage.


During the summer, AC professionals are hard at work helping folks throughout VA and NC stave off the weight of hot, summery days. This isn’t the ideal time to schedule your regular maintenance and inspection.

The fall, however, is a different story.

Once summer’s behind us, your AC is ready to kick its feet up and relax for a few months. This offseason time is the perfect opportunity for you to have your system checked out from top to bottom, and to address any issues that might cause you serious headaches come next spring.

Make sure you get the type of inspection you and your AC system deserve

When looking to schedule regular maintenance and inspections for your AC, keep in mind that not every AC specialist dedicates the level of care that you and your family deserve. At Comfort First, we perform a 21-point checklist designed to examine every single aspect of your AC system.

This type of scrutiny and attention to detail guarantees that we can help you prolong your system’s life and keep it running optimally for many years to come.

What does our inspection entail? Well, some of the things our certified technicians will look at include:

  • Cleaning your coils
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Blow out condensate drains
  • Clean and optimize burners
  • Check gas pressure
  • Inspect ductwork

From this inspection, we can develop a better understanding of what (if any) repairs or replacements are needed before your system gets back to work during the warmer months.

Of course, no repair work is ever made without your authorization. However, if you opt to sign up for our yearly maintenance agreement program, you’ll enjoy discounted rates on all repair work.

Many of our clients prefer to sign up for this program, because it guarantees that their AC systems will get the care and attention they need each and every year.

Want to learn more about how to prolong the life of your AC and keep your energy bill down? Contact the Comfort First team today! We serve homeowners and businesses throughout the communities surrounding Raleigh, NC and Chesapeake, VA.