May 8, 2024

How to Prepare Your HVAC for Summer Heat

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Finding out your air conditioning unit is tapped out is the last thing you want to have happen on the first hot and muggy day of summer. According to experts, late spring and early summer are the ideal times to begin prepping your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

A well-maintained HVAC system will increase your energy efficiency, save you money, and prevent costly repairs to system failures. Whether you’ve owned a home for a decade or just signed your paperwork today, let’s go over ways you can prepare your system and be assured it will keep you cool and comfortable all season long.

Your Thermostat

The thermostat is considered the “brain” of your HVAC system. It communicates with your unit to blow air depending on what temperature you set. Experts recommend testing your thermostat by raising the temperature and then dropping it to see how well the system responds. If you notice any rattling or unfamiliar noises, it may be time to call an expert.

Work Safely

Before you do any work on your unit, be sure you’re taking every precaution when doing maintenance. Turn off your HVAC system’s condenser power and the circuit breaker before you do any kind of work on the unit.

Clear Debris Around the Condenser

Your HVAC condenser is the large metal unit outside. Heat from inside your home is sent to the condenser where it then dissipates into the air. To keep your condenser working properly, take care to clear away tree limbs, leaves, or other debris from the concrete pad and the unit itself.

Clean and Replace Filters

Dusty and dirty air filters can cause build ups, forcing your HVAC unit to work harder than necessary. When your system works harder, it draws on more energy and lead to higher energy bills. It’s best to clean or replace them when you first notice buildup. Better yet, add it to your maintenance routine to check twice a year and keep up the longevity of your unit.

Make Sure Vents are Open and Clear

Make sure all air vents are open and clear. Blocked or closed vents can affect your unit’s air pressure. This can cause further issues, such as stuffy rooms or drafts throughout your home. Remove anything that may be blocking your vents, including curtains, toys, or furniture.

Check Your Ductwork

Your ductwork is essential in moving air throughout your home. Issues with your ducts like weakened joints, seals, and seams can lead to air leaks and poor efficiency. While not all of your ductwork is exposed, make certain you inspect the parts that are can help you spot potential issues before they affect your entire space.

Cool for the Summer

A well-maintained and working HVAC system is imperative for your home’s temperature and energy control. Be sure to reach out to your servicer if you suspect a problem that’s beyond your expertise. While we can’t personally keep your heating and cooling working properly, we can help you finance the necessary work with an energy efficient mortgage. For more information on what loan program works for your financial goals, contact us!

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