Air conditioning has come a long way. My father has told me stories of family road trips in their car without a/c. It would be 90 degrees out, but they kept the windows rolled up to pretend that they had air conditioning. Though this cooling system has become prevalent in this millennia, that does not mean that all people have it or use it in their homes.
Some families crank the air conditioning up full blast as soon as the first hopes of spring begin. These are the same families that keep it going all summer and their windows sealed shut. Other families move more gradually into the air conditioning period. I spoke with a Michigan resident who says her family allows for a gap time between when they use the furnace and when they use the air conditioner. During this time they open up all the windows for a breeze and not til that breeze becomes sweltering and unbearable do they turn on the air conditioner. Others, do not turn it on at all, or only use it sparingly.
The thing is, no matter how or when you use your air conditioner, you should still have it inspected annually. Spring is the time to do it. Air conditioners are machines, which means that they can break right when you need them the most (think 100 degrees out and family graduation party). Having your air conditioner checked can help to find and fix little problems that could turn into big problems. Also, even if you do not have plans of running your air conditioner much this summer, in order to keep it maintained and increase its longevity, it is best to have it checked out, especially since by not running it, it is difficult to tell if the air conditioner is having problems.
Though most of us have come to terms about when to use heat (when it is cold out!), there is still a wide spectrum of air conditioner use. One thing that everybody should agree on, is the annual air conditioner inspection. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an air conditioner inspection, contact Flame! Also, ask about the Gold Maintenance Plan which comes with a free annual inspection.