The ides of March are upon us, and the last thing you want during this warmer weather is for your HVAC to come up short. The changing of the seasons can be hard on your HVAC system and is a great time to schedule a tune-up to avoid a cooling catastrophe.
Here are five ways to prepare your HVAC system for spring:
Change the air filter.
While the air filter is primarily used in the heating and cooling process of your home, the dust buildup inside the filters can find its way into your ducts and vents and into the air inside your home. Replacing your filters with the changing of the seasons is essential to making sure your system runs efficiently. You may find if you have pets or live in a high-pollen count area, your filter needs to be changed, or cleaned, depending on the model, more often.
Clean or inspect your ductwork.
Schedule an HVAC professional to check for leaks in your ductwork this spring. A leaky duct will require your system to work even harder, wasting energy and money. If the ductwork is damaged, it seriously impacts your air conditioners ability to keep consistent temperatures in the home. Checking the ductwork will increase your system’s efficiency and potentially save you a lot of money on repairs in the future.
Remove the cover and clean around the outdoor unit.
Some homeowners like to cover the outdoor air conditioner to protect it from winter conditions. Before you turn the A/C on for the first time this season, make sure you remove any covers, boards, straps or tarps. Additionally, you should spend time cleaning up any debris around the unit over the winter. Wood, grass, plants or anything else blocking your unit will prevent it from working properly. Also, take a moment to inspect it for external damage from winter storms. Hail or tree branches can create headaches for some of the exterior components. If you notice something is bent or damaged, be sure to mention it to the HVAC company when you schedule a service appointment.
Upgrade to a smart thermostat.
While you’re spending more time outside this spring and summer, there’s no need to be using as much energy cooling your home all of the time. You are in total control of a smart thermostat and can program it to turn on and off at certain times. Why pay to cool your house if you’ll be away for Spring Break or a long weekend, for example. Consider installing a smart thermostat this spring to reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy bill and improve communication between your thermostat and your HVAC unit.
Schedule an HVAC tune-up.
The purpose of this check-up is to make sure your HVAC system is in good condition after working hard all winter season and will continue running efficiently throughout the spring and summer. It gives you peace of mind as a homeowner moving into the next season, ensuring everything is working properly and you won’t suffer any surprise breakdowns. Whether you have an air conditioner and furnace or use a heat pump, it’s smart to schedule these maintenance visits twice a year. For the most convenience, invest in a service plan to keep your system humming along.
Preparing your HVAC system for spring and summer is essential to saving you money and energy, keeping your family safe and avoiding major breakdowns costing you in the long-run. As the weather gets warmer, schedule an appointment today for a proper HVAC tune-up. We’re happy to help!