The first thing that we should discuss is the abbreviation HVAC so we make sure we get everything clear. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. And now that summer is upon us, what do you do to get your air conditioning system ready for the scorching summer heat?
The tips that I have got for you today will help you avoid the breakdown of your HVAC and keep both you and your visitors during the hot summer months comfortable and cool. Summers can really be hot and humid, and if your AC is not working properly, this time of the year can make you feel pretty miserable as well. Are you willing to take the necessary steps to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the hottest months of the year and you finish all the necessary AC repair tasks? Here they are:
Consider Cleaning the Air Ducts
This tip comes first on the list since it’s a really important one and it shouldn’t be skipped. Cleaning the air ducts in your home is the first thing that you should do when you are getting your HVAC system ready for the warmer months. In this way, you can be sure that nothing will have an impact on the flow of air from your AC.
When you do this check-up you should also make sure to see if there’s mildew, mold, fungi, or anything else weird in the ducts that pass through your home.
Try Changing the Filters
Here’s another tip that you can do on your own. Changing the filters is one of the easiest maintenance tasks that you can perform without calling anyone to help you. The AC filters can become clogged, dirty, and dusty really quickly, and they reduce the cooling power of the AC and restrict the airflow. This is why you should check your filter before summer comes in full swing. Check the type of your filters and see whether they need to be replaced monthly, every six months or yearly.
Inspect the Outdoor System
This tip applies to those who aren’t using a central air conditioning but rather have a different type of AC system. Check your outdoor area and make sure that you space around the AC unit is neat, clean and without debris. Branches, leaves and shrubbery that are close can get stuck inside the AC and make the system malfunction. By ensuring a clean space around the system, you will be less likely to face problems.
See If There Are Any Leaks and Cracks
Did you know that in winter the metal components that are inside the HVAC system can corrode and cracks and holes may appear? This is why you should check your system thoroughly. These problems can cause major defects such as refrigerant leaks. Even if leaks aren’t visible, it’s advisable that a HVAC professional comes to check your system. They can still detect some and they will have time to repair them before you start to use your air conditioner in full power.
Examine Your Thermostat Readings
Another easy way to determine whether your HVAC system is in a good condition and doesn’t have issues with cooling is to check the thermostat. An indicator for an issue may be the fact that you have to adjust it more often than usual. It can quickly be fixed just by reprogramming. If you haven’t changed the temperature but your bills keep coming higher, then you should definitely check the thermostat and fix it. In this way, you will both save money and your HVAC from a major break.
Test Your HVAC System and Schedule Maintenance
When you have replaced the filters and followed some of the other tips that I have mentioned so far, you should test the system to see if it works. Make sure cool air is blowing and it isn’t producing any strange noises. If something seems wrong, make an appointment with an expert who will come to your home and inspect the system in detail. Don’t wait any longer if you don’t want to be stuck in an apartment without AC during the hot summer months which are just around the corner. This check-up will also ensure that small problems are detected before they develop into major defects.