With spring just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how best to prepare your HVAC system for the change in season. Preparing now will save you money, time, and aggravation as you can avoid your system breaking down on hot days when you need it most.
Here are some tips from our experts at All Seasons Heating & Cooling that you can follow to ensure your HVAC system is ready for spring:
Now that you are turning off the heater in favor of the air conditioner, you will need to check and see if the filter needs to be changed. Dirty filters are the number one reason for breakdowns in HVAC systems. When a filter goes unchanged, the dirt is able to pass through into the system and cause damage. Moreover, using a dirty filter is inefficient and can cause your bill to rise.
It is essential to make sure that you are keeping up with how often you are changing your filter. It needs to be changed at least every 30 days, no more than 90. To make life a little easier for yourself, keep backups in your home to ensure you stay updated on your filters.
You will need to ensure the HVAC units are clean and all the vents and registers are. Cleaning out pet hair, dust, and other particle buildups will keep your HVAC running efficiently and prevent any clogging from occurring. Make sure to clear and clean any debris that may be gathering around the coils. Keeping leaves out of the system will undoubtedly help your system run properly. Moreover, cleaning regularly will keep the air in your house clean overall.
Since you likely haven’t used your air conditioner in months, a lot of problems can start to build up with the lack of use. Before regularly using your air conditioner, conduct your own simple inspection to ensure everything is running smoothly. First, check for any air leaks that may be happening throughout the system. When air leaks from your insulation, it can cause your HVAC to run harder and less efficiently, increasing your energy bills and costing you money.
Be sure that there is nothing right in front of the system either because that will reduce airflow and cause breakdowns. Nothing should be on it, either.
You want your HVAC system to last a long time, so taking care of it regularly is essential. You are preventing breakdowns and costly HVAC repairs by taking steps such as cleaning out your system, changing out the air filter, and conducting your own mini-inspections. However, some things are better left for professionals to inspect and fix. With the change in weather, schedule preventative maintenance before switching off the heater and turning on the A/C. Preventative maintenance will make your HVAC system last longer by catching problems before they damage your system. A properly maintained AC unit will perform better and save you money by running more efficiently.
Professionals at All Seasons Heating & Cooling want you to be able to stay safe and relaxed all spring and summer long. They are readily available to help you prepare for this coming change in weather and any HVAC repairs you may need.
If you need immediate assistance, please call us at (630) 896-1934.