May 2, 2015

5 Must-Know Tips to Get Your HVAC Ready for Warmer Weather

5 Must-Know Tips to Get Your HVAC Ready for Warmer WeatherSpring is here, and summer is quickly approaching! It’s important to be proactive in preparation for this year’s warmer weather. By following the 5 tips in this post, you’ll be ready for this year’s heat waves before they arrive.

It’s easy to avoid thinking about your home’s cooling system during the cool months of early spring. The weather is beautiful outside, and it’s a great opportunity to open up your home and enjoy the fresh air.

However, once the temperatures begin to rise, our first thought is to kick on the air conditioner. If you have waited until now, there’s a small chance that the air conditioner could not work. For example, your air conditioner could fail to turn on, or it could blow warm air instead of cool air.

To minimize the risk of an improperly functioning air conditioner when the temperatures soar, take caution by following these 5 must-do tips to get your HVAC ready for warmer weather.

Be Prepared to Spring Ahead

1. Change your air filter

Air filters are your HVAC system’s first line of defense against particles and debris in the air outside your home. Air filters accumulate dust, pollen, and other air contaminants over time. Dirty air filters can sabotage your cooling system by causing the unit to work harder, ultimately increasing energy costs while diminishing the life of your system.

A clean air filter is essential to an efficient HVAC system and good indoor air quality. During regular use, you should change your system’s air filter every month. In order to prepare for the warm months ahead, ensure your cooling unit has a clean air filter.

2. Clear vents of debris

Proper airflow is crucial to HVAC functioning. Your system’s vents provide your unit with the air that it needs to function not only properly but also efficiently.

As part of your cooling unit preparation for summer, be sure to check your system’s vents. Vents both inside and outside of the home play a pivotal role in your unit’s optimal function.

Outside, you should check your cooling unit’s condenser. Make sure there are no leaves, dirt, plants, or other obstructions blocking the source of air. Inside, check all of the vents that draw in air. Making sure the vents are clear of blockages helps to ensure efficient home cooling.

3. Test your cooling unit

Don’t wait until it’s hot outside to turn on your air conditioner or your other choice of cooling unit. It’s possible that something could have gone wrong over the months while it was not in use.

Avoid the chance of suffering from a system malfunction by testing your unit when it’s still cool outside. Switch your system from “heating” to “cooling” when you’re ready for the testing process. Additionally, make sure your circuit breakers are correctly positioned.

Once the unit kicks on, you should begin to feel cool air coming out within the first few minutes. If there’s no air coming out, the air doesn’t feel cool, or you hear strange noises, you should turn off your system immediately.

If you notice any of the above warning signs or suspect any other abnormality that may indicate that something is wrong, contact a Prime Comfort HVAC professional. Leaving your system on when it’s not working properly wastes energy and can cause serious damage.

4. Seal your ductwork

Leaks in HVAC system’s ductwork is a major problem striking the homes and businesses across the United States. On average, 30 percent of heating and cooling costs are wasted due to leaks in the air ducts.

In order to combat this problem, Prime Comfort offers duct sealing services that deliver a noticeable difference in in-home comfort and savings on the monthly energy bill. Check out our indoor air quality page for more information on duct sealing services.

5. Schedule preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is quite possibly one of the most undervalued, overlooked offerings in the HVAC industry. People often feel as if they shouldn’t worry about their HVAC system if it’s still functioning.

Much in the same way that you change your oil regularly in your car, you should have your HVAC unit serviced regularly. Just like your car, an HVAC unit is a very complex machine that requires regular maintenance to ensure efficient function.

Subscribe to one of Prime Comfort’s maintenance plans to minimize the risk of repairs and to improve system efficiency for every season of the year.

Keep it Cool with Prime Comfort HVAC

The HVAC business is very complex. We understand that most people do not have time to research and understand the convoluted aspects of the business. We’re here for you!

For answers to your HVAC questions and additional tips on how to prepare for the quickly approaching warm weather, call Prime Comfort today!