Spring is the ideal time of year to perform some basic HVAC maintenance and other household cleaning and maintenance tasks, because the weather is still relatively mild and it’s before the summer cooling season really kicks into high gear.
At this point, however, summer has arrived. But don’t worry—it’s not too late for you to take care of basic HVAC repairs and maintenance. What you do now will prevent you from having to deal with potential downtime and other issues throughout the rest of the summer, so you can stay cool and comfortable.
With this in mind, here are a few of the most basic steps you can take this summer to keep your HVAC system in good condition and operating at peak efficiency for the rest of the season:
- Clear off your outdoor unit: The exterior unit for your HVAC system doesn’t need a whole lot of maintenance performed by the property owner, but it is a good idea to perform some simple visual inspections every now and then to make sure there are not any obstructions. Do not let any vegetation grow right next to the unit, and remove any loose debris that may be clinging to the unit, such as leaves, dead weeds or plants, dirt or anything else that could get inside and reduce its efficiency. By preventing and removing these obstructions, your air conditioner will better be able to get the air it needs to cool your home.
- Change filters: One of the best and easiest maintenance tasks you can perform as a homeowner is to regularly change your HVAC system’s air filter. Clean filters make your unit run with greater efficiency, and also lead to better air quality coming through your vents. Clean filters are more effective at trapping airborne particles, such as dust, dirt, smoke and more. Change filters once per season.
- Inspect your ducts: If the furnace or air conditioner is the heart of your HVAC system, then the ductwork is the arteries. Check your ductwork regularly to inspect for any signs of leaking joints, holes or other damage, and seal up any affected areas as soon as possible to prevent air loss that would result in some significant decreases in efficiency. Ducts that operate more efficiently will cut down on your energy bills. Plus, inspecting ductwork regularly also helps you determine their cleanliness; clean ductwork also leads to greater energy efficiency and better air quality.
- Call a pro to conduct maintenance: You should make it a point to have a professional come in to inspect your HVAC system once or twice a year, or, ideally, once at the start of the heating season and once at the start of the cooling season. This will help you make sure the system is in good condition and that it will be able to last you through the months to come.
For more information about the steps you can take to maintain your HVAC system this summer, or to schedule HVAC repairs, reach out to the team at BLM Refrigeration Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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