We’ve talked a lot about readying your AC for winter. But now that it’s March, it’s time to start prepping for spring! The weather may be just starting to warm up — and it won’t be long before you’ll be switching your thermostat over to cooling instead of heating. Since heating and cooling account for roughly 48% of your home’s energy use, it’s important to ensure these processes are as efficient as possible. That means it’s about time to perform some maintenance tasks on your HVAC system to make sure it’s ready to go when the seasons officially change. Here are just a few of the basics you’ll need to cover.
- Change the Filter: It’s a good idea to change your HVAC air filters regularly, as this simple task can improve air quality significantly. Expert recommendations show that it’s best to switch or clean air filters every 30 to 90 days. If it’s been a few months since you replaced the filter, you should take this opportunity to do so and to try to make it a priority on a monthly basis. Since it won’t be too long before everything starts to bloom, allergies may be a concern for your family. Changing out your air filters on a fairly frequent basis can make your home much more comfortable for everyone.
- Clean Your AC Unit: When readying your AC for winter, you probably had to decide whether you’d cover up your unit to protect it from the elements. Residential AC units are actually meant to withstand cold temperatures and precipitation, so there’s really no need to cover it. That said, some landscaping prep can make your springtime maintenance a little easier. When spring rolls around, you’ll want to clean off your unit, taking care to remove any debris. If you plan on doing any planting or pruning this spring, you’ll want to leave the area around the unit alone and cut back any foliage that could disrupt its efficiency.
- Schedule HVAC Services: Now that the weather will soon be pleasant again, you’ll feel more like tackling the maintenance tasks around the house. This is also a good time to schedule professional services for your home. Before you ever have to crank up the air conditioning this spring and summer, you’ll want to call your HVAC technician and make an appointment to inspect your system. If everything looks to be in good working order, you’ll have peace of mind that you won’t deal with a broken air conditioner during a heat wave. And if there are small problems to contend with, you can take care of them early on and know that your spring and summer won’t be plagued with HVAC issues. Be sure to call early on so that you can secure an appointment!
The time for readying your AC for winter has passed. Spring is on its way, which means you’ll need to get your home in order. Contact us today to find out more about our HVAC services and how we can ensure your system won’t let you down this spring and summer.