If you feel like the summers have been getting hotter, it’s not your imagination. Americans nationwide are facing hotter summers than ever before. That’s why it is more important than ever to make sure your HVAC system is running at its best.
Here are five HVAC maintenance tips to help you get the most from your system this summer.
1. Include HVAC Maintenance in Your Spring Cleaning
The number one secret to having your air conditioning system ready for summer is ensuring everything is in good working order before hot weather hits. Add a line item to your spring cleaning checklist to remind you to give your system a once-over or, better yet, schedule a professional inspection.
Being proactive ensures that you have plenty of time to do maintenance or touch things up before the sweltering heat starts if needed.
2. Don’t Underestimate the Impact of a New Air Filter
Replacing your air filter is an easy thing to forget, but it’s also one of the simplest and highest-impact AC maintenance steps you can take to improve your system’s effectiveness.
On average, filters need replacing every 60 to 90 days. In households with allergy sufferers or where anyone has been sick, filters should be changed monthly.
Fresh filters also reduce the strain on your system and improve airflow, so make changing your filter regularly a priority.
3. Don’t Forget Your Vents and Ducts
Vents and ducts can collect dust, dirt, pet hair, and other contaminants. This can clog up airflow and reduce air quality even when your filter is fresh.
Make a habit of checking your vents often and remove any debris you find. Schedule an inspection every spring to have your ducts checked and professionally cleaned out if necessary.
This will give you the best performance from your system all summer long and help you and your family stay healthy.
4. Tackle Outdoor Debris
Outdoor debris is often overlooked but can seriously compromise your HVAC system’s heating and cooling power. As part of routine maintenance or your spring yard cleanup, check your unit for:
- Plants growing too close by
- Yard debris around or against the unit
- Dust, dirt, and vegetative build up inside the unit
If you find any of these causes for concern, turn off power to the unit and give it a full cleaning. Clear away or relocate plants and trees that might be depositing debris or inhibiting the unit’s ability to function. This will not only make the system work better now but will extend its useful life.
5. Let a Professional Help
Perhaps the most important of all HVAC maintenance tips is this: when in doubt, call a professional. When it comes to keeping your system working smoothly and ensuring your family’s comfort all summer long, there’s no substitute for an experienced eye and the right tools.
A professional HVAC technician can help you identify problems before they occur and keep your system in tip-top shape, no matter what the season.
Schedule an Inspection
If HVAC maintenance has been lingering too long on your to-do list, don’t put it off another day. Schedule a visit today and let our professionals get your system ready for summer.