Preparing Your HVAC System for Spring
Your Complete Guide to HVAC Spring Cleaning
With warmer weather settling in, many homeowners are looking forward to the day they can finally fire up their AC for the first time in 2022. While keeping cool might be as simple as switching on your system throughout the summer, there are certain steps homeowners should take during the spring to ensure proper functionality throughout the warmer months ahead.
Read on to find out what you should do to prep your air conditioner properly before turning it on for the first time this year!
5 Ways To Prep Your HVAC for the Warmer Weather
1. Change Your Filters
While your air conditioner might not be running during the winter, it can still accumulate plenty of dust and debris deep in the system. Your air filters trap plenty of airborne contaminants regardless of whether your system is operational, so be sure to change your filters before turning on your air conditioner for the first time.
Running your system with a clogged filter can cause it to overwork, reducing its efficiency and increasing your cooling expenses.
Continue to replace your filters every 90 days to ensure optimal system performance. Consider replacing your air filters more frequently if you have allergies, live with pets, or have vulnerable family members.
2. Remove Your Covers
Most central AC systems feature an outdoor condenser unit, which you should cover before the winter as part of your fall HVAC maintenance checklist. However, once the snow and ice start to thaw, you’ll need to remove it so your AC can function correctly.
Like how a dirty air filter can reduce your system’s efficiency, a covered condenser unit can prevent your AC from taking in as much air, causing a major spike in comfort costs.
3. Clean Your Unit
Once you’ve removed the cover, it’s time to clean and clear away dirt or debris that may have accumulated during the off-season. Remove any fallen branches, leaves, and signs of nesting, being particularly diligent in removing any materials around the condenser coils.
You can clean the outside of your unit, but you should always hire a professional to clean the inside. Attempting this process without the proper tools or training can result in serious injury.
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
As you plan for the warmer season, you may want to consider installing a new thermostat to help improve energy efficiency and reduce seasonal expenses. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat lets you pre-program the ideal temperature in your home when the space is in use.
By adjusting the temperature according to occupant use, you can save money while maintaining the ideal comfort level in your home.
5. Call Your Technician
Finally, you should schedule an annual AC maintenance appointment with your HVAC technician. While there are many things homeowners can do on their own to prep their systems for the season ahead, they should never act as a supplement for professional HVAC maintenance.
An air conditioning tune-up is often required to protect your manufacturer’s warranty and prevent you from paying for premature repairs and replacements that would have been covered. Plus, AC maintenance offers these benefits throughout the spring and summer seasons:
- Improved overall performance
- Increased energy-efficiency
- Decreased cooling costs
- Identified repair needs early
- Enhanced system reliability
Schedule AC Maintenance With Signature HVAC!
Has it been over one year since your last air conditioner tune-up? Signature HVAC offers the comprehensive AC maintenance West Chester families need to keep their systems fully functional all summer. Pennsylvania residents know to choose Signature HVAC because they can always count on our team for:
- 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed
- Industry-leading HVAC maintenance programs
- 24/7 emergency AC repairs
- On-time service in hours, not days
- Fully trained, trustworthy, NATE-certified professionals
Prep your AC for summer with help from the top-quality professionals at Signature HVAC.
Schedule air conditioning maintenance in Brookhaven, PA, today!