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Spring HVAC: Prepare Now, Be Comfortably Cool Later

As the days and nights get warmer this spring, your focus shifts from heating your home to cooling it. Getting your heating and cooling equipment ready for the changing seasons is critical if you expect to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Stick to these HVAC system transition strategies from the HVAC specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your air conditioner is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Inspect the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter over time collects dust, pollen and other particles, reducing airflow. This forces your system to work harder. Preferably, you should replace the filter every three months or less, based on usage and filter type. Install the correct size and efficiency rating for your system, because using an incorrect filter can overly restrict airflow and reduce efficiency. If you’re uncertain which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC professional during your next scheduled maintenance appointment to demonstrate.

Examine the Outdoor Condensing Unit

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

  • Remove the AC cover: If you put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it during the winter, remove it before powering up the air conditioning for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your exterior unit may have gotten buried in leaves, dirt and other debris. You can hose it down with a garden hose to remove this buildup.
  • Remove neighboring debris: The area surrounding your outdoor unit must remain clear for proper airflow. Rake away leaves, pine needles and other debris around the condenser. Also, trim nearby flowers, shrubs and trees to maintain at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Verify the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit is situated on may shift or settle as time passes, causing the unit to tilt. To avoid improper operation and premature wear, adjust the unit by wedging shims below its base. Check your efforts with a carpenter’s level.

Adjust the Thermostat

Set your thermostat to a comfy yet energy-efficient temperature. For the warmer months, 78 degrees F is advised while you’re at home. If you feel overly warm, operate the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without turning down the thermostat.

Raise the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when the house is empty during the day to save on power costs. To avoid sacrificing comfort, use a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a higher temperature when you come home. This strategy saves up to 10% on your air conditioning costs.

Assess and Clear Out Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can collect on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clear away this mess. Next, make sure all your vents are open and not covered up by objects, rugs or curtains.

Despite what some have been told, closing vents in unused rooms does not use less energy; all it does is interrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To protect against excessive strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Find and Close Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other openings enable hot, humid air to get in your home. To fix this issue, scrutinize window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any cracks. After that, search the attic for insufficient insulation or gaps next to pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Seal 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 really gets hot, operate your air conditioner for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows effortlessly from every single vent. If you see anything amiss, call in a professional HVAC tech for AC repair to correct the issue right away.

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

While at-home HVAC service is worthwhile, it can’t replace the comprehensive care provided by a certified professional. Duties like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil require specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is a perfect time to schedule AC maintenance, allowing you to fix issues at the beginning and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased energy bills
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Lower repair bills
  • 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 fast, effective solutions to all your heating and cooling needs. For expert service that lives up to our name, reach out to us at 866-397-3787 today!

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