Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

As the days and nights get warmer this spring, your attention shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Preparing your HVAC system for the changing seasons is essential if you expect to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Use these HVAC system transition suggestions from the HVAC professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your cooling system is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Check the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter over time traps dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This requires your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every three months or less, based on usage and filter type. Pick the correct size and efficiency rating for your system, since using an incorrect filter can overly restrict airflow and decrease efficiency. If you’re unsure which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC professional during your next maintenance visit to demonstrate.

Examine the Exterior Condensing Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system that blows out hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a crucial part of the cooling process. Here’s how to prep your outdoor cooling unit for another summer:

  • Remove the AC cover: If you placed a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the cold months, remove it before turning on the air conditioning for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outdoor unit may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other rubbish. Gently spray it with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Clear away surrounding debris: The area surrounding your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for ideal airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris close to the HVAC equipment. Also, trim nearby vegetation to ensure at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Make sure the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is situated on may shift or settle through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims below its base. Check your adjustments with a carpenter’s level.

Increase the Temperature on the Thermostat

Adjust your thermostat to a pleasant yet energy-efficient temperature. For the summer months, 78 degrees F is suggested while you’re at home. If you feel too hot, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without lowering the thermostat.

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day to reduce your energy bills. To avoid sacrificing comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a comfortable temperature when you are going to be back home. This method saves up to 10% on your energy expenses.

Examine and Clean Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can collect on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this buildup. Then, make sure all your vents are open and not covered up by furniture, rugs or curtains.

In spite of what you might think, closing vents in spare rooms does not save energy; all it does is interrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To protect against unnecessary strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Find and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other gaps enable hot, humid air to get in your home. To correct this concern, look over window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any gaps. After that, search the attic for insufficient insulation or breaks near pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Fix these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to cut down on unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Turn on Your System to Test It

Before the season heats up, run your AC for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every single vent. If you see anything wrong, schedule AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

Schedule Expert HVAC Maintenance with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing

While at-home HVAC service is worthwhile, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Tasks like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil call for specialized tools and training that only professionals possess.

Spring is a perfect time to schedule AC maintenance, enabling you to deal with issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to enjoy the following perks:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower repair costs
  • Better home comfort
  • Longer system life span
  • Protected warranty coverage

Why Choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S.?

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers trusted AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide speedy, effective solutions to all your heating and cooling desires. For expert service that lives up to our name, phone 866-397-3787 today!

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