Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

As the days and nights get warmer this spring, your attention shifts from home heating to air conditioning. Preparing your HVAC system for the changing seasons is essential if you expect to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Stick to these HVAC system transition strategies from the HVAC specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make sure your AC is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Inspect the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter gradually accumulates dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This can force your system to work harder. Ideally, you should replace the filter every one to three months, based on usage and filter type. Install the appropriate size and efficiency rating for your system, since using an incorrect filter can overly restrict airflow and decrease efficiency. If you’re not sure which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC professional during your next routine tune-up to demonstrate.

Examine the Exterior Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your air conditioning system that expels hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a crucial part of the cooling process. Here’s how to prep your outdoor cooling unit for another summer:

  • Pull off the AC cover: If you threw a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the winter, 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 gotten buried in leaves, dirt and other clutter. Gently give it a good rinse with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Remove nearby debris: The area around your outdoor unit must remain clear for proper airflow. Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris near the HVAC equipment. Also, cut back nearby any plants to make sure you have 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, adjust the unit by wedging shims below its base. Verify your work with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a comfy yet energy-efficient temperature. For the hotter months, 78 degrees F is advised while you’re at home. If you feel overly warm, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without turning down the thermostat.

Boost the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day for energy savings. To avoid losing comfort, get a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a cozy temperature when you come home. This method saves up to 10% on your energy expenses.

Check and Vacuum Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can accumulate on supply and return registers, obstructing airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this mess. Next, ensure that all your vents are open and not covered up by furniture, rugs or curtains.

Despite what some have been told, closing vents in unused rooms does not use less energy; all it does is disrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To prevent unnecessary strain, keep no less than 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Locate and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other cracks let hot, humid air to get inside your home. To tackle this issue, inspect window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any cracks. Then, check the attic for insufficient insulation or breaks next to pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Seal these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to minimize unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season warms up, run your air conditioning for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every vent. If you find anything wrong, call a heating and cooling specialist to conduct AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

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

While at-home maintenance is beneficial, it can’t replace the in-depth and skilled care provided by a certified professional. Tasks like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil demand specialized tools and training that only professionals possess.

Spring is a perfect time to set up AC maintenance, helping you to deal with issues early on 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 offers trusted 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 cooling challenges. For expert service that lives up to our name, reach out to us at 866-397-3787 today!

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