Meeting the Challenge: Get Your AC Ready for Spring

As the weather warms this spring, your awareness shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Making sure your HVAC system is prepared for the changing seasons is crucial if you hope to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Follow these HVAC system transition strategies from the HVAC professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make sure your air conditioner is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Inspect the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter slowly captures dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This can force your system to work harder. Ideally, you should replace the filter every 30-90 days, based on 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 technician during your next scheduled maintenance appointment to demonstrate.

Look Over the Outside Condensing Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system that blows out hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a very important part of the cooling process. Here’s how to prep your outdoor cooling unit for another summer:

  • Pull off the AC cover: If you put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the winter, remove it before turning on the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outdoor unit may have become covered in leaves, dirt and other debris. Carefully hose it down with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Remove neighboring debris: The area in the vicinity of your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for ideal airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris near the condenser. Also, trim nearby any plants to make sure you have at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Check that the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is situated on may shift or settle with time, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims below its base. Verify your work with a carpenter’s level.

Adjust the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. For the summer months, 78 degrees F is advised while you’re going to be home. If you feel too hot, run the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without turning down the thermostat.

Boost the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day to reduce your energy bills. To avoid losing comfort, buy a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a comfortable temperature before you return home. This strategy saves up to 10% on your air conditioning expenses.

Examine and Clean Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other airborne waste can accumulate on supply and return registers, restricting airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this buildup. After that, verify all your vents are open and not covered up by furnishings, rugs or curtains.

Despite what some have been told, closing vents in unused rooms does not use less energy; all it does is throw off the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid unnecessary strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Detect and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings let hot, humid air to sneak inside your home. To correct this issue, look over window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any holes. After that, check the attic for insufficient insulation or spaces next to pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Fix these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to reduce unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Run a Test Cycle

Before the season really gets hot, operate your AC for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from each and every vent. If you find anything amiss, schedule AC repair to correct the issue right away.

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

While DIY HVAC service is helpful, 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 call for specialized tools and training that only pros possess.

Spring is a great time to schedule AC maintenance, allowing you to fix issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following advantages:

  • Decreased energy costs
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Reduced 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 dependable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide speedy, effective solutions to all your HVAC needs. For skilled service that lives up to our name, call 866-397-3787 today!

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