Summer is the time for heat waves. Even the air that blows is, at best, warm. Keeping cool becomes a desperate situation. At this time, there are only two things that come to your rescue. One is the swimming pool and the other the air conditioner. All homes may not have a swimming pool, but a majority of them will have an AC. So the cooling system becomes your lifeline in combating the blistering heat.
This summer, your HVAC unit is going to run long and hard to keep you and the family comfortable. If you want to ensure there are no disruptions, it’s best to prepare it for the summer heat. Yes, you heard correctly. The HVAC unit needs some tender loving care to make for the hours of endless operation ahead, and we shall tell you exactly how to do that.
Preparing The HVAC For The Summer Season
If you have not yet done anything constructive to prepare your HVAC for the summers, these little tips will become your guiding light.
1. Replace The Air Filters – The first thing every homeowner needs to check for is dirty air filters. Ideally, one must switch them out with new months every year. Not doing so will cause the build-up to rise on the filters until it becomes almost impossible for sufficient air to pass through. If you feel once a month is not enough for the filters to get dirty, you can switch them out once every quarter. It is essential to always keep in mind that a clogged air filter will force the HVAC to work under undue strain. This unwarranted strain will cause overheating and subsequent malfunctions. One can completely avoid it by ensuring clean air filters. The best part is you can switch them out yourself. It’s an easy DIY job.
2. Clean The Vents – Maximum dust accumulates close to the vents. And dust in any part of your HVAC system is not good as it can form deposits over important components like the evaporator coil and hamper cooling. When dust accumulates on the evaporator coil, it prevents direct contact with the warm air, due to which the passing air does not lose sufficient heat. Since you can’t reach deep inside the ducts, the best you can do is keep the vents clean. You will be surprised, but even this little step goes a long way in maintaining healthy indoor air quality and also keeping the complete HVAC system dust-free.
3. Clean The Area Around The Outdoor Unit – The compressor or the outdoor unit dissipates the heat drawn from indoors to the outdoors. This way, once the heat is extracted from inside the house, it does not find its way back in. The one thing that acts as a major impediment in heat dissipation is trees and bushes growing in close proximity to the outdoor unit or piles of dust and other debris, including dead leaves and twigs around it. Every homeowner must ensure that the immediate area around the compressor is clean so that the air can move without any restrictions. You can either trim the plants and trees around the unit yourself or ask whoever manages your garden to do it, similarly for any other accumulations around it.
4. Schedule AC Maintenance – The most crucial task is to make sure that your HVAC system gets a thorough check-up once a year, preferably right before you switch on the AC for the first time during the hot season. This checkup is a part of the preventive AC maintenance schedule and should only be performed by a professional HVAC contractor. It comprises several other activities as well, like cleaning both the indoor and outdoor units, replacing the air filters, oiling, and greasing of all the moving parts, etc. The aim of all these activities is to reduce the wear and tear of components and do away with the adverse effects of corrosion. In all, these activities will prevent problems from developing and also catch them in their budding state. Nipping off the problems at the root will not allow any major faults to develop, and that will mean trouble-free operations from your HVAC system.
5. Consider Upgrading The Thermostat – Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their thermostats. What we want to make you aware of is the fact that your HVAC will work as efficiently as it is guided by the thermostat. If you are still dependent on your old manual thermostat to give directions to your AC, now is the time to switch to a programmable or a smart thermostat. It’s easy to program a digital thermostat for the varying temperature requirements throughout the day. There is no need to go and manually fiddle with the thermostat every time you wish to modify the temperature. One program will take care of it all. The benefit of it is that your AC will now get more lean time to rest and recuperate.
Changing the air filters, scheduling timely AC maintenance by a trained HVAC contractor, keeping the indoor and outdoor unit clean are all simple tasks that every homeowner can perform. Nonetheless, if your unit is closing in on the 10-year mark or has already crossed it, the ideal thing to do is to replace the unit. The money you spend on keeping an old unit running is not a wise investment, even if it is a cheaper option.
Residents of West Palm Beach, Florida, can contact Aztil Air Conditioning for HVAC maintenance and tune-up. We are a reputed HVAC contractor operating in South Florida since 1981. In addition to tune-ups, you can also contact us for HVAC repairs and installation, duct cleaning, and indoor air quality solutions. We offer 24/7 emergency services, and you can reach out to us at any time to book an appointment. If you are in need of our expert help, call us at +1-888-729-8452. Don’t worry about the money because all our services are pocket-friendly. Allow us to wow you with our prompt action and world-class service.