Spring HVAC: Prepare Now, Be Comfortably Cool Later

As the weather warms this spring, your focus shifts from home heating to air conditioning. 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 make sure your AC 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 requires your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every three months or less, based on usage and filter type. Choose the appropriate size and efficiency rating for your system, due to the fact that using an incorrect filter can overly restrict airflow and diminish efficiency. If you’re uncertain which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC specialist during your next scheduled maintenance appointment to demonstrate.

Inspect the Outside Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your AC system that releases hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a very important part of the cooling process. Here’s how to prepare your condensing unit for another summer:

  • Pull off the AC cover: If you put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the cold months, remove it before powering up the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your exterior unit may have become covered in leaves, dirt and other debris. Carefully give it a good rinse with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Get rid of neighboring debris: The area surrounding your outdoor unit should remain clear for ideal airflow. Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris near the condenser. Also, cut back nearby any plants to maintain 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, level the unit by wedging shims below its base. Verify your adjustments with a carpenter’s level.

Adjust the Thermostat

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

Increase the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day to save on power costs. To avoid losing comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a higher temperature when you come home. This strategy saves up to 10% on your air conditioning expenses.

Assess and Clear Out Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other particles can collect on supply and return registers, restricting airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clear away this mess. Then, ensure that all your vents are open and unobstructed by objects, rugs or curtains.

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in unused rooms does not save energy; all it does is interrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To prevent undue strain, keep no less than 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Find and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings let hot, humid air to find its way inside your home. To fix this problem, scrutinize window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any holes. Next, check the attic for insufficient insulation or gaps 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.

Run a Test Cycle

Before the season heats up, run your AC for a little bit. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows effortlessly from every vent. If you discover anything amiss, call a heating and cooling specialist to conduct AC repair to correct the issue right away.

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

While DIY upkeep is beneficial, it can’t replace the in-depth and skilled care provided by a certified professional. Duties like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil call for specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is an excellent time to schedule AC maintenance, helping you to deal with issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following benefits:

  • Reduced energy expenses
  • 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 provides reliable 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 needs. For skilled service that lives up to our name, reach out to us at 866-397-3787 today!

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