Finally, it’s that time of year the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and those long cold days are gone. Everyone can admit we are all excited for some warmer days. Spring officially kicks off in the middle of March. Right now is the perfect time to get your HVAC ready for warmer summer days. It is finally about that time you are turning that furnace off and switching over to the air conditioner. Below are some tips to start taking the right steps into spring and summer.
Spring HVAC Maintenance Tips:
- Clear Debris from the Outdoor Unit
During the fall and winter, debris has likely built up around the external unit. Before starting your spring landscaping projects, make sure to clean up around the HVAC system. Rake away leaves, branches and dirt that have collected in the two-foot areas surrounding it. Cut back bushes and plants that are growing near it as well. You can use a simple garden hose or vacuum attachment to clean off the coils from the grimy winter buildup. Keeping it clear will help the system to cool without unnecessary stress.
2.Visually Inspect the Outdoor Unit
In addition you will also want to make sure that the outdoor unit is level and on a stable surface to ensure top performance when the summer heat hits. Visually check the condenser for signs that it has been damaged during the winter, as well. If something looks unusual, give your Bolton a call. A damaged condenser could be a serious problem when it comes time to turn on the air conditioning.
3. Replace the HVAC Filter
You probably already know the importance of regularly replacing the filter of your HVAC system. Dirty filters restrict airflow and foster bacterial growth. Additionally, old filters cause the heating and A/C system to work harder and consume more energy as it runs. To keep things running smoothly, change out the filter every 30 – 90 days.
4. Get a Smart Thermostat
Take advantage of technology to keep your HVAC unit running at peak efficiency. Not only can a programmable thermostat reduce energy costs at your home, but it can actually extend the life of your system. By optimizing the temperatures throughout the day and week, your system experiences less stress and wear throughout the year.
5. Stay Regular with Annual HVAC Maintenance Servicing
Don’t forget to schedule an HVAC Spring checkup at least once per year. Certified technicians will check refrigerant levels and test the airflow and output of the system, they will also tighten all the main electrical connections. Not only but also, the tech will look for signs of wear on key components, including the compressor, fan and motor blades. Call Bolton today to schedule your appointment for our techs to go through our 70 point checklist to ensure proper efficiency is being obtained and to help prevent surprise equipment failures.