Here Comes The Sun: How To Get Your HVAC Ready For Warm Weather
The winter days are over, and for many people, it is time to crank up the air conditioner. However, after a season of not using the AC, chances are it is going to need a little TLC. To ensure your HVAC is running optimally, it is best to do some spring maintenance before it is time for regular use. Here are some things you can do now so that you will have a healthy and fully functional air conditioning system for the warm days ahead:
Remove Visible Dust from the Coils and Vents
After a season of cold weather, chances are you have not had your windows open to help circulate fresh air. This causes the same stale air and dust to re-circulate throughout the house. This can lead to a large buildup of dust on the vents and coils of your HVAC. You can simply vacuum this dust away to prevent the system from working too hard and ultimately needing further maintenance.
Install a New Air Filter
The start of the spring season is the perfect time to install a new air filter. This should be done several times a year, but you should definitely have a new filter to start off the spring season. If you use a reusable air filter, take the time to inspect it for any wear and tear. They do not last forever and can become worn out over time. You may want to purchase a new reusable filter for the new spring and summer seasons.
Check Your Outdoor Condenser Unit
You also need to go out and check the unit outside. After a long winter season of snow, wind, and rain, you may notice some buildup of leaves, sticks and other debris around the bottom or on top of the condenser. This is problematic because the air enters the condenser, cycles through the HVAC system, and is then released into your home. If those areas are clogged with outdoor debris, the unit will have to work extra hard to get your home cool. Take some time to clean the outside unit so that the motor stays in good shape.
HVAC maintenance is a delicate operation, so it is crucial that you know what you are doing outside of this regular maintenance. If you notice that your air is not cold even after doing all of this preventative maintenance, you need to call an HVAC technician to ensure that you do not have any long, hot days this spring and summer. To learn more, contact a company like Pacific Heating & Cooling.