When the summer months roll around, your HVAC system must transition from its heating mechanisms to its cooling ones, which can often take some getting used to. When the intensity of summer heat really hits, sometimes it’s enough to put your HVAC system out of commission, putting you and your family in serious discomfort. At the same time, you wait for your HVAC technician to come to repair the problem.
Make sure to help your HVAC system run reliably and efficiently this summer by taking care of a few simple maintenance steps yourself before the hot season hits:
1. Change Out Your Filter Regularly
Checking your air filter and changing it out on a regular basis is one of the easiest things a homeowner can do to help keep their HVAC system running efficiently. HVAC filters quickly become dirty, full of dust, and clogged in a way that forces your system to run harder to keep your air quality and home temperature how you want it. This can easily lead to overheating and other damages, especially as the months get warmer and there’s summer heat to deal with. Change your air filters out every 30 to 90 days to help keep your HVAC system working at its best.
2. Make Sure All Vents Are Clean
If you notice that the vents in your home are visibly dirty, these little dust particles are capable of compromising your air quality as well as the integrity of your HVAC system. Blocked vents make airflow more difficult, which could cause your system to malfunction. Cleaning any dust, dirt, and collected debris from your air vents helps improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.
3. Clear Outdoor Areas
While you might think the only parts of your HVAC system that matter are inside, the truth is that it’s important to keep your HVAC system tended on the outside as well. Different HVAC systems have exterior elements which mean you’ll need to check them and clear them of any dirt or debris. Make sure to clear away any overgrown plants, tree branches, piles of leaves, or anything else that could be blocking your unit. Always be sure there’s clear access to your HVAC system and that it has plenty of room to ventilate properly.
4. Schedule a Tune-up With Your HVAC Technician
One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system as you prep for the summer heat is to have it professionally inspected by a licensed HVAC technician. Having your HVAC system inspected once in the spring (before the summer heat) and once in the fall (before the frigid winter) can do wonders in protecting your unit against expensive breakdowns. It will help ensure anything that needs to be repaired gets a repair before the summer heat makes living conditions uncomfortable, and it can also save you money by preventing large malfunctions before they happen.
Don’t wait for your HVAC system to break down to get it inspected. You might end up suffering through days of insufferably hot days waiting for your HVAC technician to be able to schedule you in.
5. Consider an HVAC upgrade
If you’re at all concerned about your HVAC system can keep up with the summer temperatures, keep in mind that you can always get your unit replaced with a newer, more efficient system. Talk with your HVAC professional to hear what options are available to you and how you might be able to save money on repairs in the long run.