Spring is officially under way.
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, your favorite baseball team still has a shot at the pennant and you’ve finally shut your heat off until fall.
With luck, you’ll have a few more weeks until you need to fire up your air conditioner. But that doesn’t mean you should put your HVAC system out of mind.
With spring here, there are a few things you can do to make sure your system functions properly when you need it.
1. Change your air filter
Just as you swap the batteries in your smoke alarm when you set the clocks ahead, use the new season as a chance to put in a new air filter. They should be changed at least once each quarter and inspected once each month.
We’ve said this before, but your air filter is the key to making sure you’re living with good air quality. A dirty filter not only means dirty air, it makes it much harder for your AC to function. Your air flow will suffer, your energy costs will rise and the lifespan of your system will shrink.
2. Clean and seal your ducts
If you haven’t had this done recently, it’s time to have your ducts cleaned by an air conditioning repair service professional. They can also tell you if your ducts need to be sealed.
Sealing your ducts will prevent cool air from escaping out of cracks or gaps in the ductwork this summer, improving the efficiency of your HVAC system by up to 20 percent – if not more – according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
You’ll have a much more efficient system and a lower energy bill this summer. While you’re at it, make sure there’s nothing blocking your vents to keep your air flow as free as possible.
3. Spruce up your outdoor unit
Not all air conditioning improvements will happen indoors. Check on your outdoor AC unit as well. The long winter left plenty of opportunity for dirt, leaves, fallen branches
Also look for animals. You never know what might have crept inside during the winter. If you suspect you have a critter inside your unit, shut off the system and call an air conditioning repair service professional ASAP.
Make sure there is at least two feet of space around the entire outdoor unit if you plan to plant new trees or shrubs this year. You’ll improve the performance of your system…and make it easier for your air conditioning repair service technician to reach.
4. New season, new thermostat?
Now that you’re ready to switch your thermostat setting from “heat” to “cool,” you may want to consider switching to a whole new thermostat, such as one that you can program so that your heater or air conditioner isn’t running at full steam while you’re at work.
5. Schedule spring maintenance
Don’t wait until you absolutely need air conditioning to make sure your air conditioner works. Now is the time to talk to your local air conditioning repair service provider to schedule maintenance on your system. You’ll not only ensure your system is working properly, you’ll be able to prevent more serious problems down the road.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a professional look at your HVAC system, contact All Seasons Comfort Control. We’ve spent the better part of two decades helping Bucks County homeowners make sure their homes stay cool and comfortable all summer long.