Preparing your air conditioning unit for the requirements of summer air conditioning is not a difficult task, but it’s crucial for ensuring the system runs efficiently through the heat of the summer. HVAC systems consume up to 30% more energy if not maintained which can send your utility bills through the roof in the heavy-use season.
Here are the main things you should do to prepare your unit for summer air conditioning:
Clogged filters lead to decreased cooling and higher electricity bills, as the unit works harder to keep your house cool. The particles stuck in dirty filters affect indoor air quality, since they get pushed out with cooled air. They can also cause damage within the system. Change the air filters regularly; at least once a month in summer when they see heavy use.
Check for Air Flow Leaks
Gaps or obstructions in duct work can reduce air flow in the HVAC unit, so check the ducts and connectors for loose spots or damage. Check the blower components, since the system’s efficiency can drop by 15% if they aren’t properly adjusted.
If you have a fireplace, close the damper to prevent cool air from escaping through it, making the HVAC run longer to compensate. Check walls, doors and windows for cracks and leaks that will let warm drafts in and cool air out. Seal up any that you find.
Compressor and Coil Maintenance
If there’s any dirt, debris and plant matter like leaves and twigs around the outdoor unit, clear them away on a regular basis. Keep the area around the evaporator and air conditioning coils clean, since accumulated debris can get into the system and damage it. Clean the coils and condenser regularly, even if they are indoors. Dirty air conditioning coils can impact efficiency and raise energy costs. If the outdoor unit isn’t kept clean, the extra load on the system can cause overheating and reduce its lifespan.
Prepare Your Thermostat
Test the thermostat and furnace system controls to see if they are working properly, especially the starting cycle. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows different temperature settings to be automated throughout the day. This allows you to get the best energy use for summer air conditioning.
Smart thermostats can turn on before you reach home from work, remaining off when no one is home, to prevent energy waste. Some thermostats can also be controlled from a Smartphone, so you can monitor and select your settings on the go.
HVAC Repair and Maintenance
Before Summer starts, it’s a good idea to call in a professional HVAC technician to check and service your system. Our certified technicians can tighten the electrical connections, check fuses and circuit breakers and replace any worn wiring.
We will check and recharge refrigerant levels, since excess or too little refrigerant can affect performance of your summer air conditioning. Our technicians can also lubricate moving components and check for damage in hoses and condensate drains. In case of damage or other issues, we can quickly conduct repairs to get your home’s system summer ready.
If you wait until the heat arrives to prepare your HVAC for summer use, you could end up suffering unnecessary discomfort. Technicians are usually overloaded at that time, so schedule a tune up soon before the rush begins!