As we quickly roll into spring, many of us will get the itch to clean up and clear out. One thing that is often forgotten – but shouldn’t be – is preparing your HVAC for the upcoming summer months. To ensure that your air conditioning is running in top shape and your heating system is ready to sit idle, here are some spring checklist items that will keep everything running smoothly well into the fall. Try these quick and easy tips recommended by our experts at residential HVAC in Charleston, SC!
Clean On and Around Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit
Over the winter, we don’t really venture out much. And if your air conditioning unit is hidden for aesthetic reasons, then you probably have not inspected it lately. Before you switch the heating to air conditioning, ensure that your HVAC unit is good to go. This is a great time to look for dirt, debris, and shrubbery overgrowth that can get into your unit’s fan and cause damage. Also, take a garden hose and spray off the exterior of the unit. Dirt and debris on the outside of the air conditioner can decrease its energy efficiency and make it work harder than it should!
Change Your Air Filters
Your air filters are your HVAC’s first line of defense to protect both your HVAC and your air ducts from the accumulation of dirt and debris. It is recommended that you change them once a month. If your air filters are caked with dirt, it reduces the airflow. Not only do you run the risk of decreasing your indoor air quality, but it also puts additional wear and tear on your HVAC system because the system has to work harder to get that air through.
Before You Fire Up the Air Conditioner and Put the Furnace to Rest, Maintenance is a MUST
If you didn’t have the to have your air conditioner serviced before you shut it down last fall, now is the perfect timchance e to call for an appointment. Also, get a head start on the fall by having your HVAC company perform maintenance on your furnace before you shut it down for months. An HVAC technician will ensure that they are both running in top working order; they can also look for signs of minor problems that could end up leading to an emergency repair call in the hottest months of summer!
Check the Batteries on Your Thermostat
If you haven’t changed the batteries and cleaned your thermostat in a while, now is a perfect time. Your batteries should be changed out at regular intervals to ensure that no corrosion can leak onto the thermostat itself. While you are doing your overall checks, make sure to switch them out.
When it comes to your HVAC system, maintenance is always better than making an expensive emergency repair call – or any repair call at all. As we head into spring, now is an excellent time to get caught up on your spring HVAC checklist and to make your maintenance appointment with our residential HVAC Charleston, SC company today!