Meeting the Challenge: Get Your AC Ready for Spring

As the temperatures climb this spring, your focus shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Preparing your HVAC system for the changing seasons is essential if you expect to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Use these HVAC system transition guidelines from the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your air conditioner is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Inspect the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter over time captures dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This requires your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every 30-90 days, with exactly how often you change it determined by your system usage and filter type. Install the proper size and efficiency rating for your system, since using the wrong filter can overly restrict airflow and reduce efficiency. If you’re not sure which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC specialist during your next maintenance visit to demonstrate.

Examine the Outdoor Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your HVAC system that releases hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a crucial part of the cooling process. Here’s how to get your exterior AC equipment ready for another summer:

  • Pull off the AC cover: If you threw a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the winter, remove it before firing up the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outdoor unit may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other clutter. You can give it a good rinse with a garden hose to wash away this buildup.
  • Remove neighboring debris: The area surrounding your outdoor unit must remain clear for optimal airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris near the HVAC equipment. Also, prune nearby vegetation 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 sits on may shift or settle through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To avoid improper operation and premature wear, adjust the unit by wedging shims underneath its base. Check your work with a carpenter’s level.

Adjust the Thermostat

Adjust your thermostat to a comfy yet energy-efficient temperature. For the warmer 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 reducing the thermostat.

Boost the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day for energy savings. To avoid losing comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a higher temperature when you come home. This method saves up to 10% on your cooling bills.

Inspect and Clean Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can accumulate on supply and return registers, restricting airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this accumulation. After that, ensure that all your vents are open and not blocked by objects, rugs or curtains.

Despite what some have been told, closing vents in spare rooms does not conserve energy; all it does is throw off the system’s return/supply balance. To prevent excessive strain, keep at least 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Detect and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other cracks let hot, humid air to find its way into your home. To tackle this issue, scrutinize window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any gaps. After that, inspect the attic for insufficient insulation or gaps near pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Close these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to minimize unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season warms up, operate your air conditioning for a short while. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows freely from each and every vent. If you discover anything amiss, call in a professional HVAC tech for AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

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

While do-it-yourself maintenance is beneficial, it can’t replace the thorough care provided by a certified professional. Duties like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil require specialized tools and training that only professionals possess.

Spring is an excellent time to schedule AC maintenance, enabling you to address issues at the beginning and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following advantages:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Fewer repair bills
  • 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 offers reliable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide speedy, effective solutions to all your heating and air conditioning desires. For experienced service that lives up to our name, reach out to us at 866-397-3787 today!

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