Spring HVAC: Prepare Now, Be Comfortably Cool Later

As the temperatures climb this spring, your awareness shifts from keeping your home warm to cooling it down. 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 pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make sure your cooling system is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Inspect the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter over time accumulates dust, pollen and other particles, reducing airflow. This forces your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every one to three months, based on usage and filter type. Select the recommended size and efficiency rating for your system, since using anything other than the recommended size and type of filter can overly restrict airflow and reduce 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.

Inspect the Outdoor Condensing Unit

The outdoor portion of your AC 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 put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it from snow and ice, remove it before firing up the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outside unit may have become covered in leaves, dirt and other debris. Carefully hose it down with a garden hose to remove this buildup.
  • Clear away surrounding debris: The area around your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for proper airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris close to the condenser. Also, cut back nearby vegetation to maintain at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Check that the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is situated on may shift or settle with time, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, level the unit by wedging shims below its base. Check your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Increase the Temperature on the Thermostat

Adjust your thermostat to a pleasant yet energy-efficient temperature. For the warmer months, 78 degrees F is recommended while you’re going to be home. If you feel overly warm, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without lowering the thermostat.

Raise the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day for energy savings. To avoid compromising comfort, get 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 cooling bills.

Check and Clear Out Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can collect on supply and return registers, restricting airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this buildup. Next, verify all your vents are open and not blocked by things like rugs or curtains.

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

Find and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings allow hot, humid air to get in your home. To tackle this issue, scrutinize window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any cracks. After that, check the attic for insufficient insulation or spaces next to pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Close these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to minimize unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Turn on Your System to Test It

Before the season really gets hot, turn on your cooling system for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every single vent. If you discover anything amiss, schedule AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

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

While do-it-yourself upkeep is advantageous, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Work like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil demand specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is a perfect time to set up AC maintenance, helping you to address issues at the beginning and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following perks:

  • Decreased energy costs
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Reduced 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 provides reliable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide fast, effective solutions to all your heating and air conditioning challenges. For skilled service that lives up to our name, phone 866-397-3787 today!

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