The arrival of spring means a time of renewal. We’re all familiar with spring cleaning, but many homeowners neglect their HVAC units when spring comes around. No matter if your unit was working to heat your home all winter or it’s been sitting idle, it’s important to get it ready for spring. The following tips can help you get your system in great shape.
How to Get Your HVAC Unit Ready for the Spring
A few days of temperatures hovering around the 70s should be enough to get you started on your HVAC springtime checklist. The start of the warmer weather is a great time to call your HVAC professionals to come out and assess your system. They can begin with a simple test to check for anything odd, such as strange noises or funny odors that are coming from your unit. An HVAC technician can do a walk-through of each room in your home to see if the climate is sufficiently cool or not.
Seal Cracks and Holes
Sometimes, the harsh winter weather may result in cracks or holes around your heating and AC system. These cracks typically appear outside of the unit, such as windows and doors. Sealant may be affected and in need of repair because it is the one thing that keeps hot or cold air inside. Getting them fixed can help you save on your energy bill in spite of the heat outside.
Test the Thermostat
Your thermostat is the heart of the entire heating and AC system because it controls how hot or cool your home will be. It can be preset to a desired temperature and adjusted as needed. However, getting the thermostat tested should be on your springtime to-do list if you want to survive the summer months. All you have to do is set the temperature and check to see if it matches the actual climate in your room. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to call your HVAC technician.
Have Your Air Filters Replaced
Spring is the perfect season to check your air filters and have them replaced. This is especially true if you reside in an urban area where there’s a lot of traffic or the air quality is poor. Pollution and environmental toxins can get caught up in your filters during the long winter months. Clogging can happen and will affect your airflow once debris is trapped in the filter. As a result, your indoor air quality will be unhealthy and might not cool your home down as efficiently as it normally would. Having your air filters replaced is the best solution.
Have Your Vents and Ductwork Cleaned
Your vents and ductwork should be professionally cleaned around the same time that your filters get changed. Your HVAC technician will need to vacuum out all vents and ducts thoroughly in order to remove dust, dirt, and debris. Both can collect pet hair and dander, which results in allergies for those who have a strong reaction. This ensures a healthy supply of cool air that’s safe and clean during the summer.
Have Your Condenser Coils Professionally Cleaned
Did you know that your AC unit has condenser coils that are responsible for helping to keep the heat out? In fact, condenser coils are a huge part of an elaborate system where refrigerant is converted from a liquid to a gas by the evaporator coil. Condenser coils work with evaporator coils to receive refrigerant in gas form. From there, the gas is compressed back into a liquid state, thus making a way to cool down your home.
Your condenser coils should be routinely cleaned during the spring to ensure that there is no dirt or debris. Any accumulation can obstruct the passage of cool air into your home. As a result, your monthly bill may run high while your home stays hot. And when this happens, it’s time to call your HVAC technician immediately. In most cases, it pays to have both your evaporator and condenser coils inspected and professionally cleaned during the spring.
Making an Appointment
Our team at Bone Heating & Cooling can help you prepare your HVAC system for the spring and summer months. We’ll do seasonal inspections on everything, including your ducts. We provide more than just heating and cooling services, though. We can work on your water heater and fabricate sheet metal. We also perform indoor air quality assessments. Call us today to learn more.