Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

As the temperatures climb this spring, your awareness shifts from keeping your home warm to cooling it down. Making sure your HVAC system is prepared for the changing seasons is critical if you expect to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Follow these HVAC system transition guidelines from the HVAC professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to be sure your AC is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Check the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter gradually accumulates dust, pollen and other particles, reducing airflow. This can force your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every 30-90 days, with exactly how often you change it determined by your system usage and filter type. Choose the correct size and efficiency rating for your system, due to the fact that using the wrong filter can overly restrict airflow and diminish efficiency. If you’re unsure which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC specialist during your next routine tune-up to demonstrate.

Examine the Outdoor Condensing Unit

The outdoor portion of your air conditioning system that expels hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a necessary part of the cooling process. Here’s how to prep your outdoor cooling unit for another summer:

  • Pull off the AC cover: If you placed a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it from snow and ice, remove it before powering up the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outside unit may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other waste. Gently hose it down with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Clear away surrounding debris: The area in the vicinity of your outdoor unit must remain clear for proper airflow. Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris around the HVAC equipment. Also, prune nearby any plants to make sure you have at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Make sure the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is placed on may shift or settle over time, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims underneath its base. Confirm your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. For the warmer months, 78 degrees F is encouraged while you’re going to be home. If you feel overheated, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without reducing the thermostat.

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when everyone is out of the residence during the day to save on power costs. To avoid compromising comfort, buy a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a comfortable temperature when you are going to be back home. This strategy saves up to 10% on your cooling costs.

Examine and Clear Out 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 remove this buildup. After that, make sure all your vents are open and unobstructed by objects, rugs or curtains.

In spite of what you might think, closing vents in rarely used rooms does not save energy; all it does is throw off the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid excessive strain, keep no less than 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Locate and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings allow hot, humid air to sneak into your home. To fix this issue, examine window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any cracks. Next, inspect the attic for insufficient insulation or gaps around pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Seal these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to minimize unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Run a Test Cycle

Before the season heats up, run your AC for a little bit. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows freely from each and every vent. If you see anything awry, call a heating and cooling specialist to conduct AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

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

While DIY HVAC service is advantageous, it can’t replace the complete care provided by a certified professional. Work like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil require specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is a perfect time to schedule AC maintenance, enabling you to address issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased energy bills
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower repair bills
  • 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 reliable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide speedy, effective solutions to all your HVAC needs. For expert service that lives up to our name, call 866-397-3787 today!

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