So, as warmer, and more humid weather is working its way closer and closer, it may be time to look at how your home is breathing, so that you can breathe more easily this summer.
Home and garden expert Alyssa Davis weighs in on how to go about it.
Once the cold days of winter are over, it’s time to turn your attention to your air conditioning system. Unless you live in a very warm climate, you probably won’t need your air conditioner until the hot days of summer arrive. However, you don’t want to wait until you really need your air conditioner to give it a thorough inspection. By inspecting your HVAC system early, you’ll have a chance to perform your yearly maintenance tasks and get any necessary repairs made before the hot days arrive. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your HVAC system is ready for summer.
Change the air filters
Keeping the air filters changed on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system working efficiently. Clean filters will help ensure that your HVAC is working at its peak level, providing better cooling results as well as helping to keep your energy costs as low as possible. Different HVAC systems use different kinds of filters, and some filters need to be replaced more frequently than others. Consult your owner’s manual to learn more about how your filters should be maintained and replaced. Spring is a great time to make sure your filters are clean before you start using your air conditioner for the summer cooling season.
Clean air ducts, vents and registers
If you have a whole-house air conditioning system in your home, you’ll want to check to make sure your air ducts, vents and registers are clean. Clean any accumulated dust from these areas to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency as well as reduce the amount of dust in your home’s air supply. While you are performing this step, look for any areas where your ductwork might need to be sealed. If there are cracks and crevices between the ductwork pieces, sealing them can keep cool air from escaping.
You should also go outside and inspect your air conditioning unit. If leaves or other kinds of yard debris have accumulated during the winter, remove them so that your unit has proper air flow.
Basic HVAC maintenance tasks
There are also a number of basic HVAC maintenance tasks that should be performed on a regular basis. For example, the evaporator coils of your air conditioner should always be kept free from dust and dirt. Depending on your HVAC system, this could be a simple task or one that is much more complicated. Consult your owner’s manual to determine if this is a maintenance task you can perform. If it seems difficult or complicated, don’t simply skip the maintenance. Instead, contact a qualified HVAC professional to get the job done.
HVAC companies usually offer spring clean-up and check-up up visits for affordable rates. This can be a great way of knowing that everything is in tip-top shape and ready for the summer cooling season. An HVAC professional will also be able to identify and repair any small maintenance issues before they become big problems. The cost of this inexpensive service call could potentially save you a lot of money further down the road.