Things to consider for summer HVAC maintenance
HVAC systems require regular maintenance to keep them in top condition just like any machine. Make sure to follow these tips so you can guarantee a comfortable, cooler environment for you and your family.
Plan Your Preventative Maintenance Schedule
Call an HVAC technician to visit your house and check the state of your HVAC system. If you want too long, you may deal with a problematic HVAC system that could leave your house hot. They can let you know of any issues, such as a need to change filters or an accumulation of debris, so they can resolve them right away. If you didn’t do this in spring, it’s not too late to schedule your maintenance appointment!
Change the Air Filters
The need to change your filter depends on your environment. If you live in a community with high amounts of pollen or pollution, then you may want to change your filters every three weeks. This also applies if you have multiple pets at home or have family members with allergen sensitivities.
Having clean filters is important since they prevent dust and debris from entering your home. They trap airborne pollutants and stop them from moving around your home. Plus, replacing your filter can reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC system anywhere between 5 to 15%.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Uncover your condenser unit if it was covered in the past winter. Otherwise, you may need to clear debris such as leaves and dirt. Since air goes across the condenser coils, inspect them to see if there is any debris.
You can clean the coils with a soft pressure hose and a cleaner so your condenser coils can work well in the summer. Take care to not damage the fins and coils as you clean them.
Clear the Drainage Line
The humidity plays a huge role in your feeling of heat. For example, 90° F heat can seem like 132° F at 100 percent humidity. Keeping the drainage line clear is vital to the A/C system’s dehumidification ability.
If a unit’s drain channels become clogged, the resulting excess moisture might damage walls or carpet. Run a stiff wire through the drain channels occasionally. Use a shop vac to suction out debris. Add a cup of bleach to the access hole to prevent the growth of mildew, mold, or algae.
Clean Air Ducts
Dust and debris can get trapped in your ducts, like filters. This causes your system to clog. Filters are easy to reach and clean, but clogged ducts are much more difficult.
Cleaning your ducts can improve the quality of your air and make your system more efficient. Consider having your ducts cleaned and inspected by a local HVAC company at least once a year.
Make Sure the Condenser Unit is Free of Obstructions
Outdoor condenser units can become clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris. Make sure your condenser unit has no obstructions by removing debris in it at least twice a month. Get rid of all dirt and debris on top of the unit and trim back any shrubbery and grass growing near it.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat that can regulate the temperature for you while you are away from home can be beneficial. The thermostat can be set to run less when you are away for the day. If you want your home to be comfortable when you arrive home, you can set your thermostat to return to its normal setting before your arrival.
Having a smart thermostat lets you see changes in your energy home consumption and if you need to adjust your air conditioning preferences to reduce it.
Stay Cool With Energy-Saving Blinds
It’s beautiful to see the sun through your window, but its bright light means higher cooling costs since it sends heat into your home. Place heat-blocking blinds on your windows to reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC system.
Using drapes with white-plastic backings can eliminate 33% of heat gains. You should also close drapes over windows that receive direct sunlight during summer to prevent your home from becoming hot.
Seal Up Leaks Around Your Home
See if there are any leaks in your doors or windows that could allow that cool air to escape. The lack of insulation around doors, windows, in the attic, and even around air ducts will make your unit work harder to chill your home. It might cause your system to break down from excessive strain and wear. Fill in crevices in windows, bathroom exhaust fans, and floor supply vents with caulk. Add a weather strip to the front or back door frame to air-seal it.
Prepare Your A/C for Summer
Maintaining your HVAC system in the summer can be very beneficial. A minor problem can be caught early on before it becomes a bigger one. Using these tips and techniques can ensure the performance of your HVAC system throughout the summer. Having issues keeping cool? Give us a call today!