Spring HVAC: Prepare Now, Be Comfortably Cool Later

As the weather warms this spring, your focus shifts from keeping your home warm to cooling it down. Getting your heating and cooling equipment ready for the changing seasons is crucial if you want to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Use these HVAC system transition suggestions from the HVAC specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your cooling system is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Change the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter slowly traps 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, based on usage and filter type. Install the proper size and efficiency rating for your system, since using the wrong filter can overly restrict airflow and decrease efficiency. If you’re unsure 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 Outside Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your AC system that releases 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 placed a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the cold months, remove it before firing up the air conditioning 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 rubbish. You can give it a good rinse with a garden hose to wash away this buildup.
  • Get rid of nearby debris: The area around your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for proper airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris near the unit. Also, cut back nearby flowers, shrubs and trees 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 through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, level the unit by wedging shims below its base. Confirm your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. For the hotter months, 78 degrees F is encouraged while you’re going to be home. If you feel overheated, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without reducing the thermostat.

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when everyone is out of the residence during the day for energy savings. To avoid sacrificing comfort, install 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 costs.

Examine and Clear Out Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other airborne waste can collect on supply and return registers, obstructing airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this mess. Then, make sure all your vents are open and unobstructed 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 throw off the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid undue strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Find and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other gaps let hot, humid air to sneak in your home. To fix this concern, examine window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any gaps. Then, search the attic for insufficient insulation or breaks near pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Fix these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to reduce unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season warms up, run your AC for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every vent. If you see anything awry, schedule AC repair to take care of the problem before it becomes a large issue.

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

While do-it-yourself HVAC service is beneficial, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Work like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil require specialized tools and training that only professionals possess.

Spring is a perfect time to schedule AC maintenance, helping you to deal with issues at the beginning and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following advantages:

  • Reduced energy expenses
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower repair bills
  • 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 trusted AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide prompt, effective solutions to all your HVAC desires. For skilled service that lives up to our name, phone 866-397-3787 today!

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