It may seem like winter is only just behind us, but we all know that the summer will be upon us much sooner than you’d think. While we may all be looking forward to the sunny weather and longer days, there can be no denying that there is a lot of preparing that needs to take place to be summer ready.
For us at C. W. Schultz & Son, making sure your HVAC unit is prepared for the summer is the most important thing you need to remember. This is because, as the hotter months arrive, you will need your HVAC unit to work its hardest to keep your home and family cool.
A HVAC unit that is prepped for summer will be running at peak efficiency, helping you potentially save money, and can also help you avoid unexpected and costly repairs.
So, with that in mind, here’s how to make sure your HVAC unit is ready for summer:
If your HVAC unit has an outdoor component, it is crucial that you check regularly and make sure that it is clear of debris, such as leaves, plants or twigs, as these can make their way into the inside of your unit, making it hard to clean and potentially causing damage.
Also, if you chose to cover your outdoor unit to protect it from the cold winter weather, make sure you remove this before you start blasting your AC.
Check your filters:
Though you should be doing this regularly anyway, this is the perfect time to check the air filters in your HVAC unit, and replace them if needed.
In fact, you should also make sure you are stocked up with at least one spare replacement filter to see you through until fall, as this is one of the times of year when your filters will be working the hardest, as your AC runs to keep your home cool.
Check your thermostat
This may also be the perfect time to consider upgrading your thermostat to a programmable or even a smart model, as both of these allow you to more accurately control the temperature in your home. This can help reduce your energy costs month on month.
In addition to saving you money, it means your air conditioner won’t need to work too hard when it gets hotter.
Consider a professional check up
It seems like we can’t say it often enough, but there’s nothing better than the eye of an expert.
You should have a professional give your HVAC unit the once over at least once a year. This is crucial because a professional will be able to spot potential problems that you wouldn’t notice yourself. If a potential problem is spotted and resolved before it gets worse, this can prevent damage becoming ingrained, and save you more money on costly repairs being needed down the road.
Getting this done in the spring gives you peace of mind that your unit will see you through the heat of summer without any nasty surprises.