How to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Summer
Summer is just around the corner and it’s almost time to get those air conditioners’ up and running. Before you crank them up however, it’s important to follow these steps to ensure that your air conditioners’ will function smoothly over the summer and beyond.
The first step is to clean the air conditioner itself. Begin by removing the cover of the AC and ensure that there is no debris or anything obstructing the unit’s air flow. Second, use either a garden hose or a vacuum cleaner after disconnecting the AC from the main switch. When these steps are completed, it is now time to turn on the AC switch.
Next, it is important to clean and/or replace the unit’s air filter. Dirty filters can not only restrict the unit’s airflow, but at the same time, they will consume more energy than usual. Therefore, it is recommended that everyone should check their filters at least once a month. Clean filters will ultimately allow air to flow freely inside the unit and nevertheless, reduce pollution inside the home.
The filters can be cleaned by using mild detergent soap or they could be thrown out. Also, if either you or a professional is installing a new air filter, it is important to determine that the airflow arrow is matching the direction of the duct’s air flow.
Speaking of air ducts, another thing to remember is to make sure there are no cracks or holes in the ventilation system. Any sort of cracks found could cost a person as much as 20 percent on their energy bill. Another vital tip is to seal any holes and making sure that all connectors are tight.
Ever consider getting a system upgrade? It is a good idea to purchase a programmable thermostat because it will help with heating and cooling costs. Furthermore, you have the option to program the thermostat several times of the day (before you go to work, when you come home, etc).
The last step in the process is to call and schedule your seasonal HVAC tune-up. Even though summer is quickly approaching, it is best to get your HVAC tune-up done now before you end up being on a waiting list.
Don’t let cooling costs suck the fun out of summer. Call The Plumbing Works at 610-929-8860 for greener HVAC services in the Reading area!