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Meeting the Challenge: Get Your AC Ready for Spring

As the days and nights get warmer this spring, your awareness shifts from home heating to air conditioning. Making sure your HVAC system is prepared for the changing seasons is crucial if you want to maintain home comfort and energy efficiency. Use these HVAC system transition tips from the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to be sure your cooling system is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead.

Change the Air Filter

Your HVAC filter slowly accumulates dust, pollen and other particles, minimizing airflow. This requires your system to work harder. If possible, you should replace the filter every one to three months, based on usage and filter type. Pick the recommended size and efficiency rating for your system, since using anything other than the recommended size and type of filter can overly restrict airflow and diminish efficiency. If you’re uncertain which filter to buy or how to install it into your system, ask your HVAC technician during your next routine tune-up to demonstrate.

Examine the Outdoor Condensing Unit

The outdoor part of your HVAC system that releases hot air, also known as a condensing unit, is a fundamental part of the cooling process. Here’s how to get your exterior AC equipment ready for another summer:

  • Remove the AC cover: If you put a cover or board over your outdoor unit to protect it from snow and ice, remove it before powering up the air conditioner for the first time this spring.
  • Clean the unit: Over the fall and winter, your outdoor unit may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other rubbish. Gently hose it down with a garden hose to remove this buildup.
  • Clear away surrounding debris: The area surrounding your outdoor unit must remain clear for proper airflow. Clear away leaves, pine needles and other debris around the condenser. Also, trim nearby flowers, shrubs and trees to maintain at least 12 to 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Make sure the unit is level: The concrete pad your condensing unit sits on may shift or settle through the years, causing the unit to tilt. To prevent improper operation and premature wear, straighten the unit by wedging shims underneath its base. Confirm your work with a carpenter’s level.

Change the Thermostat

Change your thermostat to a comfy yet energy-efficient temperature. For the hotter months, 78 degrees F is encouraged while you’re inside your home. If you feel overly warm, operate the ceiling fan to make the room feel cooler without turning down the thermostat.

Raise the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees when no one is home during the day to save on power costs. To avoid sacrificing comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to resume to a higher temperature when you come home. This method saves up to 10% on your air conditioning costs.

Examine and Vacuum Your Air Registers

Dust, pet hair and other debris can collect on supply and return registers, hindering airflow. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean out this accumulation. Next, verify all your vents are open and not blocked by furniture, rugs or curtains.

In spite of what you might think, closing vents in rarely used rooms does not conserve energy; all it does is disrupt the system’s return/supply balance. To avoid unnecessary strain, keep a minimum of 80% of your supply registers open and unblocked at all times.

Detect and Seal Air Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and other gaps let hot, humid air to sneak in your home. To tackle this problem, inspect window and door seals, using caulk and weatherstripping to seal any cracks. Then, inspect the attic for insufficient insulation or gaps around pipes, ductwork and light fixtures. Close these leaks with spray foam and top them with additional insulation to cut down on unwanted air exchange through the attic floor.

Conduct a System Test

Before the season warms up, turn on your air conditioner for a couple of minutes. Walk around your home and make sure cool air flows freely from each vent. If you see anything amiss, schedule AC repair to correct the issue right away.

Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing

While DIY maintenance is useful, it can’t replace the complete care provided by a certified professional. Duties like measuring the refrigerant charge, tightening electrical connections and cleaning the evaporator coil require specialized tools and training that only specialists possess.

Spring is a perfect time to plan AC maintenance, enabling you to fix issues quickly and prepare the system for the summer heat. Prioritize this service to appreciate the following advantages:

  • Lower energy expenses
  • Fewer midseason breakdowns
  • Fewer repair costs
  • Better home comfort
  • Longer system life span
  • Protected warranty coverage

Why Choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Your HVAC Needs in the U.S.?

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers reputable AC services to ensure your comfort and satisfaction this spring. Our ACE-certified technicians are trained to provide prompt, effective solutions to all your heating and air conditioning desires. For skilled service that lives up to our name, call 866-397-3787 today!

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