How To Prepare Your HVAC Unit This Summer
With the summer season lurking around the corner, now is the perfect time for homeowners to prepare your HVAC systems for the long season ahead. The summer season tags along with intense humidity and heat that can compromise your home’s comfort. You wouldn’t want to persevere a weekend or night in sweat because the HVAC unit broke down. Timely and regular maintenance of HVAC units ensures that your system is well-prepared to handle the heat that comes with the summer season. It also saves you money by extending your unit's lifespan. Below are some ways to help you prepare your HVAC for this summer season.
Replace and Clean the Air Filters
Kick-off this summer season with new air filters in your air conditioner. Air filters in your system are instrumental in filtering dirt, contaminants, and dust from the air before redirecting it into your home. You might want to call an HVAC contractor to help you replace the filters at least every three months, especially before the summer and winter seasons. You might also want to learn how to clean your air filters to help improve your home’s indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency.
It’s Time for Your Seasonal HVAC System Maintenance
The summer season is going to go hard on your HVAC system. If you haven’t called an HVAC professional to help out with the seasonal tune-up tasks, then this is the ideal time. HVAC seasonal tune-ups and preventative maintenance practices will help inspect the general condition of your system, rectify impending issues and save your money in the long-run.
Inspect and Clean Your Air Ducts
Inspect your duct-work for possible wear and tear. Your air vents should be clean and clear. Accumulation of dirt and dust tampers with your indoor air quality and also reduces your system’s energy efficiency. You could either schedule a professional duct cleaning practice or begin by vacuuming the air registers within the HVAC. Ensure that the vents and vent covers are clean before re-installing them.
Put Your Thermostat Into Test
Firstly, if you have installed a thermostat into your HVAC system, you might want to consider it. It ensures energy efficiency within your home by accurately adjusting temperatures according to your desires and needs. If you already have one installed, perhaps it’s the right time to test and see if it's properly working before the summer season sets in. Ensure that you set your thermostat on “Run To Cool” and sit around to see if it works appropriately.
Check For Leaks and Blockages
Air leaks and obstructions within your HVAC’s duct-work can reduce your system’s airflow and its energy efficiency. You might want to check the duct-work to see if there is any wear, tear, or loose spots. Check and adjust the blower components if necessary, to ensure your system is 100% efficient. Seal cracks and leaks on walls, windows, and doors to prevent air leakage.
Don’t wait until it's too late. If you are having trouble navigating around your HVAC unit, give us a call to talk with a qualified HVAC professional who will help you prepare adequately for the summer.