Preparing Your HVAC System For The Heat Of The Summer
Summer is coming! That means backyard barbecues, beach time and vacations are in our future. While that may be an exciting time for us, it’s also important to keep in mind how the summer sun will affect our homes. The hotter it is, the higher our electric bills seem to be. What’s worse than a high electric bill is a unit that does not keep your home cool. Who wants to sit INSIDE and sweat? Certainly not us! With that being said, below are a few tips that can help your system run more efficiently, thus keeping costs down.
Check Your Air Filters & Vents
Hands down, this is the easiest maintenance task you can accomplish for your HVAC system. We recommend changing your air filters on a monthly basis, especially during months where your system is being used on a daily basis. The dirt and dust that accumulates in your system restricts air flow and reduces the effectiveness of it. Set a reminder on your smartphone to check/replace your filters on the 1st of every month.
Another common issue that can negatively affect airflow is a dirty vent. Check for visible dust and debris in each on of your vents. Also, make sure that your vents are OPEN. That may seem like an obvious statement, but sometimes vents might be partially or completely closed. So open up your vents, use your Shop-Vac to clean them out and feel the flow.
Keep It Clean
Most outdoor HVAC units require at least 3 feet of clearance on each side to operate smoothly. Be sure to remove any trash, debris, branches, etc. from around the unit. By keeping this area clean at all times, your HVAC unit will be able to operate as it should.
Schedule An Inspection
To FULLY ensure that your unit is ready for the summer, we recommend calling an HVAC company like 9-1-1 Comfort Air to inspect your whole house. By doing so, we will be able to get to certain areas that you are unable to and fully test your system. If we feel that your unit needs services or even replaced, we will be able to provide you with a few options to ensure that you will not be uncomfortable over the next few months.