Six Spring HVAC Tips
Spring cleaning is a tradition in most homes, but there are a few items related to your air conditioning system that need to make your “to-do” list to ensure your equipment is ready to go when temps start heating up. Here are six tips to help keep you cool all summer long.
Check your outdoor unit for any signs of damage from snow and ice during the winter.
Clear any leaves or debris that may have accumulated around or behind your unit before turning it on. If you are planning to plant new shrubs or plants to conceal your unit, leave at least two to three feet clearance around the unit on all sides. This allows for proper airflow and adequate space for maintenance.
Schedule an annual maintenance appointment.
Routine maintenance carries huge benefits for every air conditioning system. Thorough annual service boosts efficiency, which lowers your cooling bills. It also prevents about 70% of all outages and can increase system lifespan by up to 50%.
Clean your filter.
A blocked filter can always impede airflow, which makes it more difficult for cool air to reach your living space. Blocked filters that are neglected for too long can cause coils to freeze, leading to a service call. We recommend replacing your filter every month during the cooling season.
Rotate your ceiling fan blades.
Ceiling fans and air conditioning work well together. Fans create a wind chill effect and draws warm air to a room’s ceiling when the blades turn in a counter-clockwise direction. A ceiling fan will allow you to raise your thermostat setting about four degrees with no decline in comfort.
Install a programmable thermostat.
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one this spring. You will have better control of the temperature in your home and it can help reduce costs and maintenance over the life of your air conditioning system.
Consider an upgrade.
The best time to replace your HVAC system is in between seasons. You have time to work with our professionals to choose the best system for your family’s needs. Upgrade this spring and you can avoid a huge headache and inconvenience of an emergency replacement.
If you need to schedule your annual cleaning appointment or learn more about replacing an older HVAC system, contact our service team today.