Meeting the Challenge: Get Your AC Ready for Spring

As the weather warms this spring, your focus shifts from home heating to air conditioning. Getting your heating and cooling equipment ready for the changing seasons is crucial if you want to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Use these HVAC system transition tips from the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to be sure your AC is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Check the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter slowly traps dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This can force your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every 30-90 days, depending on usage and filter type. Pick the correct size and efficiency rating for your system, because using anything other than the recommended size and type of filter can overly restrict airflow and diminish efficiency. If you’re uncertain which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC specialist during your next routine tune-up to demonstrate.

Examine the Exterior Condensing Unit

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

  • Remove the AC cover: If you threw a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it from snow and ice, remove it before firing up the AC for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your exterior unit may have become covered in leaves, dirt and other debris. You can spray it with a garden hose to get rid of this buildup.
  • Get rid of neighboring debris: The area in the vicinity of your outdoor unit needs to remain clear for optimal airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris close to the HVAC equipment. Also, prune nearby any plants to ensure at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Make sure the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is situated on may shift or settle through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To avoid improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims under its base. Verify your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Increase the Temperature on the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a pleasant yet energy-efficient temperature. For the summer months, 78 degrees F is suggested while you’re going to be home. If you feel too hot, turn on the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without lowering 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 sacrificing comfort, use a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a comfortable temperature before you return home. This approach saves up to 10% on your cooling bills.

Assess and Vacuum Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other particles can build up on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this accumulation. Then, make sure all your vents are open and unobstructed by furniture, rugs or curtains.

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in unused rooms does not use less energy; all it does is disrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To protect against excessive strain, keep no less than 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Locate and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings let hot, humid air to sneak inside your home. To fix this concern, 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.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season heats up, turn on your AC for a short while. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows easily from every vent. If you see anything awry, call a heating and cooling specialist to conduct AC repair to nip the problem in the bud.

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

While at-home maintenance is useful, it can’t replace the in-depth and skilled care provided by a certified professional. Work like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil demand specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is an excellent time to schedule AC maintenance, allowing you to address issues early on and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following benefits:

  • Decreased energy bills
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower repair costs
  • 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 prompt, effective solutions to all your heating and air conditioning desires. For skilled service that lives up to our name, phone 866-397-3787 today!

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