As the weather starts to warm up, it's important to take steps to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming summer. By following this guidance, you can help ensure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently. In this blog post, we'll give you a rundown of the most important things you can do to get your HVAC system ready for the heat!
Make sure your system has a clean air filter.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare your HVAC system for summer is to replace the air filter. A dusty air filter restricts airflow and makes your system work harder than it needs to. Replacing the air filter is a quick and easy way to help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
While you're at it, it can be a good idea to stock up on air filters so that you'll have clean ones available for June, July, and August. Remember, the more often you use your air conditioner, the faster the air filter will get dirty. This means that you may need to swap out your air filters much more frequently during summer than during spring or fall.
Clean the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Another key step in preparing your HVAC system for summer is to clean the outdoor air conditioning unit. You should remove any debris, such as twigs, leaves, or dirt, that may have accumulated on the unit. If you like, you can gently hose the unit down to wash away dust and dirt.
Warning: Do NOT ever use a pressure washer to clean your air conditioning equipment. Pressure washers use extreme force to clean. This jet of water is so powerful that it can bend or otherwise damage your HVAC equipment.
Schedule seasonal maintenance.
Along with replacing the air filter and cleaning the outdoor unit, it's also a good idea to schedule a spring tune-up for your HVAC system. This seasonal maintenance can help identify any potential problems with your system and prevent minor issues from becoming major repairs.
During an air conditioner tune-up, your HVAC technician will do a number of things to make sure your system is ready for warmer weather. They will perform tasks like cleaning the air conditioner coils, checking the refrigerant levels, and inspecting the air conditioner compressor. They will also oil the moving parts and test the air conditioner to make sure it is working properly. Doing these things will help your air conditioner cool your home more efficiently and effectively and make it less prone to system failures.
If your system has leaky ducts, get them sealed, repaired, or replaced.
This will improve your system’s efficiency and comfort levels, as well as save you money on energy bills. Air duct leaks account for a high percentage of heating and cooling energy loss in many houses—up to 30% according to some estimates.
If you have the budget, replacing your old, leaky ductwork with new, more energy-efficient ducts is always the best option. But even if you can’t replace your ducts, sealing them is a great way to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.
By following the tips above, you can help ensure that your HVAC system is ready for summer. Taking these steps now can help you avoid costly repairs later on. In addition, by keeping your system well-maintained, you can help it perform more efficiently, which can save you money on your energy bills. So don’t wait, take action today to prepare your HVAC system for summer!
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Is your AC overdue for a tune-up? Schedule an appointment with our reliable Flanders technicians at Jack Frost Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC by calling (973) 520-0505.