Since we are at the tail-end of spring/beginning of summer, it is quite understandable that like everyone else, you want to enjoy the last days of this beautiful season by enjoying the outdoors, opening the windows, and basking in the warm temperatures. Most HVAC systems are still not working at their maximum levels, but that time is coming.
So, while we brace ourselves with that impending higher-than-usual electricity spending, the tail-end of spring is also a great time to get our HVAC systems ready for summer so as to avoid air conditioner repairs later. Planning for the unavoidable eventuality of summer is so that maybe we can have a bit of control over that energy bill. So, here are some things you should be mindful of for your HVAC system to be prepared in this upcoming season change:
HVAC systems perform more efficiently if they are used regularly, without overly long breaks. Thus, while you may not be fully using it now, try to turn on your HVAC system, say, once every three days, just to test it. This will also allow you to spot malfunctioning parts of your HVAC as soon as possible, so you’ll have more time to check with a professional if there are components that need replacement or repair. At least, the sooner you know, the better it is for you rather than not knowing there’s a problem with your system like air pressure, airflow, or improperly balanced coolness (some zones are cooler than others), as they might develop into bigger problems if not detected early.
Every room has a supply vent that delivers conditioned airflow into that room. Usually, it’s on an upper portion of the wall near the ceiling. When the system is running, feel for airflow from the supply vent in every room. If you can’t feel any air or if the airflow feels weak in a certain room—or throughout the entire house—contact a qualified HVAC service provider.
Time to change the filters!
One event you can anticipate when it comes to HVAC maintenance is changing the filters every season, particularly in anticipation of seasons when the system will be heavily used, which would be summer and winters. Filters that are functional will ensure that your HVAC system provides more than adequate airflow and options for heating. Filters that are clogged may block the air from flowing freely through your system into your home, as well as prevent the unit and the coils from getting reached by cleaning agents, so particle build-up becomes inevitable. As clogged filters directly affect the proper function of your HVAC system’s components, they may also contribute to higher repair costs.
The general rule is to change a furnace filter—usually located behind a return-air vent or in a slot on the furnace itself—at least once every 90 days.
Depending on your lifestyle and the type of furnace filter you choose, you may want to swap it out more often.
Prevention is better than cure, even with HVAC.
The adage “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” holds very true to HVAC systems, since having preventive maintenance performed on your system can lead to the prevention of bigger problems in the future that would also be costly. Small tasks such as checking for clogged filters, build-up on coils can be easily done and can prevent you from experiencing bigger concerns. Of course, as it is not their peak season yet, it would also be great to have professionals look into your HVAC system. At least, you’ll be assured that they’re focused and not exhausted with all the houses they have to visit during the seasons when their services are most in-demand.
Maintenance is critical for prolonging your HVAC system’s lifespan. Well-maintained A/C units and furnaces can function reliably for as long as 20 years. Opting for a preventive maintenance program can save you money and time in the long run.
Alas, a list of tips for getting your HVAC system ready for summer will not be complete without you being encouraged to switch to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t done so yet. Knowing how to set your programmable thermostats can make your HVAC system perform efficiently and will definitely save you some dollars. Not to mention that programmable thermostats are also kinder to your HVAC unit, as there are settings that allow for it to gradually work its way to ideal settings instead of going from one setting to another instantly, which can stress your system.
An upgraded system could be a great option if you’re gone for a large part of the day. A programmable thermostat gives you the option to set a schedule for your heating or cooling system. This will tell it to shut off or decrease activity for certain periods throughout the day.
For more tips and tricks on HVAC maintenance and repair, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us ASAP.