Tips to Prepare Your HVAC For Summer with Priority Heating
Prepare Your HVAC For Summer. It’s that time of year again. We’re kicking into gear for air conditioner season. Let’s think about maintenance of our HVAC to prepare for summer, so we don’t have any hiccups in the system when it’s time to cool down your house.
Change or clean the filter. When filters become dusty and dirty, it limits the cooling that can come through your air conditioner. Spring is the time to make sure it’s clean and ready for summer. You should change your filter once a month, every six months, or once a year, depending on the type of system in your home.
Clean the vents. Make sure your vents are clear of debris like dirt, dust, and pet hair. Do a full air duct cleaning for maximum efficiency. For those with allergies, there’s the added bonus of keeping the dust from being blown around the house. Remember to open all the vents as well, to keep the house cool.
Keep outdoor areas clear. Remember to check on the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. Make sure that it’s clear of leaves and yard debris up to two feet around the perimeter. This way it can’t make it inside the unit and mess up the internal workings. If there are any plants around the unit, make sure the branches are trimmed back and clear of the air conditioner.
Help keep your house cool in other ways. If you are running your air conditioner around the clock and at full power, then that can put a lot of strain on the system. To avoid your system potentially breaking from the overuse, think of ways to help keep your home cool that doesn’t use the air conditioner. Things like adding curtains to the rooms with direct light exposure through windows, keep these closed during the hottest part of the day. Turn on your ceiling fans to help circulate air flow and help cool the house. Turn ceiling fans clockwise to force the cool air down from the ceiling.
Schedule your maintenance appointment. Before the summer hits, have your system get a maintenance check-up from Priority Heating to make sure all the parts are in fine working order and to keep your system running properly all summer long. If you’re interested in upgrading your old system, Priority Heating can help with that too.