Four Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring
February 15th, 2017 by THS
Spring is fast approaching and it is time to pay attention to your HVAC system. Will it make the transition and will the AC last the entire summer season? Does it need to be replaced or repaired? Having a functional HVAC system will free you from all the temperature hassles, maintenance problems, and rising electric bills.
Below are some smart tips to prepare your HVAC for spring.
Clean Your Air Filters, Coils, and Ducts
The air filter is integral to indoor air quality and energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Therefore, cleaning it is necessary to make sure it functions well during the spring season. All throughout the winter, layers of dust pile up in the filters. You should get rid of them, either by washing or changing to new filters, if necessary.
Coils should be washed in order to remove dirt and grime from its condenser. To do this, remove the metal cage. Use the garden hose to clean the coils. The water should be sprayed in an outward direction the same way air flows away from the coils. Remove any accumulated foreign objects from the cabinet, then return the metal cage and properly secure it.
Inspect and clean your ductwork. Leaks in your ductwork system can cause your HVAC system to run ineffectively. Be sure to have experts test your duct system. This will ensure your home stays nice and cool during the spring season without adding a huge pile of debt to your monthly expenses brought about by high energy costs.
Be Attentive to Temperature Changes
Always pay attention to temperature changes. If you notice that it takes your HVAC system longer than usual to generate the desired temperature, there is likely something wrong with it. Another sign is the loud groaning of the system while it runs. If you check the filter, and it is clean, then something must be wrong with its internal parts. Have an expert look into it so it can be fixed immediately before it worsens.
A New System and Programmable Thermostat
If your system is already ancient, try purchasing a new one with Thornton! Newer HVAC technology is designed to be more energy efficient and has more advanced features. Another good thing newer systems is that, upon your purchase, you will receive a maintenance warranty for a certain number of years. Spring and summer months can get warm and humid, and you’ll definitely need a functional AC system that will give you relief, not a headache.
Switch to programmable thermostats as well. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature in your home, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars on your energy expenses. Some types of thermostats even have body sensors which will automatically shift temperatures when it detects warmth. Once you’re out of range it turns the HVAC system down. And you can set them to schedules to conserve energy when comfort is not necessary.
Schedule Tune-Up Maintenance
Preventive maintenance ensures that your system runs efficiently throughout the season. Invest in a maintenance plan. Some companies offer warranty service for HVAC maintenance. They’ll have technicians look into your system annually to evaluate it. During this process, any minor defects can be detected and prevent further damage.
It is always best to have your HVAC system ready for every season of the year. Make sure it is working efficiently to save you from future troubles like extra maintenance visits for unnecessary breakdowns and high utility bills. Call Thornton Heating Service today at 847-905-1608, and have one of our professionals come out to perform seasonal maintenance to get your HVAC system and AC unit ready for the warmer months.