Spring HVAC Maintenance Tips to Get Your System Ready For Summer
Now that spring is here it is time to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the hot weather this summer. The hottest days of the year are when you will count on your HVAC the most to keep you comfortable. However, it is this extra hard work that can cause a system to fail when you need it the most. By taking time to prepare now it can save you time and money down the road. Furthermore, you could help prevent your air conditioner from a complete breakdown on a hot summer day. The more care you give your HVAC system the longer it will likely last.The following are spring HVAC Maintenance tips to get your system ready for summer.
Turn On Your System
The easiest step you can take before the hot weather begins, is to turn on your system. We recommend you let it run for a while to ensure it is cooling your home. The last thing you would want to do is to turn it on for the first time on a hot summer day and discover the air conditioning is not working. Also take the time to inspect your ductwork. If you have not run into any issues with airflow while using your furnace this winter then most likely they are okay. However, keep in mind that it is never a bad idea to perform a quick visual inspection to make sure there aren’t any gaps or holes in the duct system.
Change Your Filters
Included in our maintenance plans is filter replacement. However, a good rule of thumb to follow is to change your filter at least once every 3 months. It is an easy HVAC maintenance tip to follow, which can have a big impact on the health of your HVAC system. By replacing your dirty filters on a regular schedule, you can ensure proper airflow throughout your system. You can help prevent built up dirt, dust and debris from recirculating throughout your home. Be sure you also clean all vents and registers. Keeping the airflow clean from debris can help improve the efficiency of the system and indoor air quality. A properly working and efficient system can lead to saving money on your electricity bill.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
One simple upgrade that can help lower energy use in your home is installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats offer more control and automation of your home’s temperature which can lead to savings on your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy heating and cooling accounts for almost half of your home’s energy costs. If you are struggling to maintain a comfortable home temperature and your system constantly cycles it could be costing you more money. Smart thermostats with wi-fi capability allow you to control the temperature in your home while you are away. Other features of smart thermostats include long term learning and helpful notifications for maintenance or more ways to save energy.
Keep Area Around Condenser Clean
Be sure to keep the area around the condenser outdoors clean and free of debris. Any accumulation of dirt, leaves and debris can gather around the outdoor coils causing your system to work harder than it needs to. The condenser outdoors should have at least two feet clearance of any shrubs or vegetation. This will help ensure the condenser is able to pull in the air it needs to keep a comfortable temperature indoors. Furthermore, if you live near the ocean it is especially important to have your unit regularly maintained. The sea breeze can accelerate the rust process, so its especially important to keep it clean and remove any salt before it has the time to accumulate.
Schedule Maintenance for Your HVAC System
Regularly scheduled maintenance will help your HVAC system last longer by catching any minor issues from causing major, costly damage to your system. A major benefit of a properly maintained HVAC system is that your system will not only perform better, but it can save you money by running more efficiently. A professional maintenance will be able to take a closer more detailed look at your system and identify any potential issues. If any issues are uncovered during routine maintenance,get them fixed before any major heat waves come in and you are left without a working system when you need it the most. Furthermore, HVAC warranties are usually tied to requirements such as regular maintenance. By having your unit professionally maintained you not only ensure a properly running system but your warranty is protected.
Contact Us Today
Our team at LA Construction Heating and Air can help you with your ac maintenance and any repairs needed so your system is working properly and efficiently. Contact us today at 818-341-3406, we can recommend a maintenance schedule that best fits your needs.To keep your HVAC system running at its best does not have to require a costly repair bill. There are plenty of steps you can take to ensure your system keeps you comfortable when you need it the most.