Warm weather is rapidly approaching, and it pays to prepare your home’s HVAC system for seasonal temperature change. The following tips will help you ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running efficiently during the spring and summer months this year.
1. Change the Filters
During cold months, dust and other particles can build up in HVAC filters. Changing the filter is an effective way to keep your system running smoothly and maintain sufficient airflow. You should aim to change the filter every one to three months, but if you haven’t done it in a while, now is the time to do so.
2. Clean Vents and Registers
Vents and registers can get clogged with dust and debris that can restrict airflow. Remove the register covers and clean them thoroughly with a vacuum or rag. The vents themselves should also be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or lint.
3. Clean the Air Ducts
Air ducts can become clogged over time as well, so it’s a good idea to have them professionally cleaned once per year. While you can get your air ducts cleaned at any time of year, it’s most effective to do it before the summer months to ensure that your system is ready for the extra heat.
4. Inspect the Outdoor Unit
Fall leaves and other debris can accumulate around the outdoor unit over the autumn and winter months. Be sure to check the unit for any obstructions and clean out any debris from the area. Make sure that there is also sufficient clearance around the outdoor unit as well — at least 2 feet on all sides.
5. Check Refrigerant Levels
Refrigerant is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. If refrigerant levels are low, you may experience reduced cooling power and increased energy bills. Have a professional check the refrigerant levels of your unit before periods of high usage to keep it running efficiently.
6. Check the Drain Line
Your HVAC system’s drain line is responsible for draining condensation away from the unit. If it becomes clogged with debris, it can cause water to back up and overflow. To prevent this from happening, have an HVAC technician check the drain line before the warm-weather months begin.
7. Look for Leaks
Leaks in your ductwork can cause a decrease in efficiency and lead to higher energy bills, which can be especially problematic during the spring and summer. Have an HVAC technician inspect your ducts for any signs of leakage before the hot weather arrives.
8. Ensure Adequate Insulation
Insulation helps keep cool air in and warm air out, but it can become worn down over time. Have an expert check the insulation around your ducts to make sure that it is still in good condition.
9. Install a Dehumidifier
Hot weather often means higher levels of humidity, which can lead to an uncomfortable home. Installing a dehumidifier to your home’s HVAC system can help reduce the level of humidity in your home, making it more comfortable and reducing energy costs.
10. Add an Air Purifier
An air purifier can help rid your home of dust, pollen, and other airborne particles that tend to build up during the spring and summer. As a result, it can help reduce allergies, improve air quality, and keep your system running more efficiently.
11. Consider an Upgrade
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it may be past its prime. Consider replacing it with a newer model before the heat hits to make sure that your home stays comfortable and energy efficient all summer long. You may also want to consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat to help you save money on cooling costs.
With these tips in mind, it’s always best to have a professional technician inspect your HVAC system each year. Many of these practices are part of routine professional maintenance, and a qualified technician will be able to spot any potential problems and make sure that your system is ready for the warm weather.
For more information about routine HVAC maintenance, reach out to Queen City Heating & Cooling. Serving residents of Nixa, MO and surrounding areas in Southwest Missouri, we provide top-quality heating, cooling, indoor air quality, smart thermostat, and water heater services that you can count on. We look forward to helping you stay comfortable all year round!