Prepare your HVAC for spring and summer
Getting your home ready for spring and summer includes preparing your HVAC unit for warmer weather. Here are tips from our team to help you get your HVAC system all set for the temperatures ahead…
Change air filters
If you haven’t been changing your HVAC system’s air filters regularly, spring is the perfect time to replace them. Dust and debris accumulate throughout the winter months, and you want to make sure the air filters are completely clean before it’s time to cool your home.
Clean filters help keep contaminants from building up in your ducts. Dust and pollen cause discomfort, but biological contaminants can be much more harmful. It’s important to check your filters often.
Check for clearance
Plant overgrowth hinders the effectiveness of your HVAC unit. To keep the air flowing and all operations running well, clear away grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches from the surface of your outdoor unit.
There should always be at least two feet of clearance between the unit and any bushes, trees, or shrubs. Trim anything that extends beyond that.
Clean vents & registers
Just like air filters, vents and registers get clogged with dust and debris over the winter months. Vacuum the vents to remove any dust or pet hair from the previous season—even if your home has separate supply grills for heating and cooling. A great day to clean out those vents is the same day you change the air filter.
If you have a zoned system and cover unused AC vents, it’s time to remove them. Spring is also a great time to schedule a professional duct cleaning. Clean ducts help improve your system’s airflow and will boost your indoor air quality.
Clear condenser coils
Depending on where your outdoor unit is located, trash, vegetation, and other debris may be lodged in the condenser coils. These grill-like sections of the outdoor unit are essential for heat transfer when the unit is running. If they become clogged, they can’t work effectively.
Debris—like dry leaves—accumulated in the unit could lead to a fire. Check the coils often and spray them clean with a water hose when needed.
To keep your unit’s efficiency running high and your bills low, it’s important to have your indoor and outdoor units thoroughly inspected each season. Running air conditioning without seasonal maintenance can be costly. It can also be dangerous.
This is where we come in! We check fluid levels, test motors, and look for leaks. We make sure that your HVAC system is ready to keep you cool. Our preventive maintenance checklist also includes checking for potential safety issues and inspecting your carbon monoxide detector.
If you schedule your unit for a spring tune-up, you won’t have to worry about gas leaks or other safety issues and spend that time enjoying the warm weather.
Test the thermostat
Many homeowners forget thermostats need regular testing to make sure they’re working properly. At the start of each new heating and cooling cycle, test thermostat controls to see if recalibration is needed.
It’s also a smart idea to reprogram your thermostat to adjust for the warmer temperatures. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider making the upgrade this season. We are more than happy to help you choose a programmable thermostat that works best for your home.
Turn the system on
Once you’ve performed the previous tasks, it’s time to run the AC to make sure enough cool air is flowing from the vents. Conduct the test when you have enough time to check the airflow every few hours.
If the air doesn’t feel cool, turn off the system at the thermostat and try again—making sure that everything above has been checked off the list. If the air still doesn’t feel cool, contact us to diagnose the problem.
If you have questions, or need assistance with your HVAC unit, give us a call at 250.465.2490. You can also reach us by email.
We are happy to help you have the best in home comfort—always.