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Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

As the weather warms this spring, your attention shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Getting your heating and cooling equipment ready for the changing seasons is critical if you want to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Follow these HVAC system transition guidelines from the HVAC specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your air conditioner is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Change the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter slowly accumulates dust, pollen and other particles, reducing airflow. This forces your system to work harder. Ideally, you should replace the filter every one to three months, depending on usage and filter type. Choose the proper size and efficiency rating for your system, due to the fact that 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 technician during your next routine tune-up to demonstrate.

Examine the Exterior Condensing Unit

The outdoor portion of your air conditioning 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 threw 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 exterior unit may have gotten buried in leaves, dirt and other debris. You can spray it with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Remove neighboring debris: The area around your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for proper airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris around the condenser. Also, prune nearby any plants to ensure at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Make sure the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is placed on may shift or settle with time, causing the unit to tilt. To avoid improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims under its base. Check your adjustments with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

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

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day to save on power costs. To avoid compromising comfort, get a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a higher temperature when you are going to be back home. This strategy saves up to 10% on your cooling expenses.

Inspect and Clean Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can build up on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clear away this accumulation. Next, make sure all your vents are open and unobstructed by furnishings, rugs or curtains.

In spite of what you might think, closing vents in spare rooms does not conserve energy; all it does is interrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid unnecessary strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Detect and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings allow hot, humid air to sneak into your home. To correct this concern, look over window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any gaps. Then, check the attic for insufficient insulation or breaks around pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Fix 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 air conditioning for a short while. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every single vent. If you discover anything awry, schedule AC repair to take care of the problem before it becomes a large issue.

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

While do-it-yourself HVAC service is useful, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Duties 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 great time to set up AC maintenance, allowing you to deal with issues early on and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following benefits:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower 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 delivers dependable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide fast, effective solutions to all your HVAC challenges. For skilled service that lives up to our name, call 866-397-3787 today!

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