How to get your HVAC system ready for Summer
Yes, it’s still winter right now and many people are focused on warming their houses from the chilly night air. Even so, this is the ideal time to start thinking ahead to warmer months and get your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) ready to go. With your home and HVAC unit in sync, you save money on energy bills, avoid costly repairs, and go easy on the environment at the same time.
Here’s a helpful spring HVAC checklist:
When it comes to HVAC systems, the filter is king. All units are different, of course, and yours might use a disposable filter or permanent type. If you have the former, it is critical to replace the filter monthly, some models can be cleaned. Keep in mind that filters in homes with pets or smokers must be cleaned more frequently to ensure efficient air circulation.
Get maximum air flow with fans
The simple presence of fans throughout the house makes a tremendous difference in interior comfort. Ceiling fans, floor fans, and tabletop models all work well, with ceiling fans being the go-to choice for most efficient benefit. Other portable fans are invaluable for moving air to targeted areas. When spring finally arrives, keep a couple of windows open for fresh, natural air flow.
Keep it tidy outside
If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, head out there and make sure the surrounding area is clear of leaves, intruding branches, or other random debris. Make this a regular habit throughout the year to ensure intruding material doesn’t clog fan blades or other interior parts.
Be safe with backup generators
In the event you lose electricity, backup power generators can make all the difference in keeping your house cool and free of smoke after a fire or other disaster. Fortunately, most of us rarely must rely on a generator and as such, it is easy to neglect routine maintenance and critical operational tips like these.
- Never run a generator in an enclosed space or anywhere indoors. Generators produce CO2 and cause hundreds of related accidental deaths every year. In fact, CO2 can kill in as little as 5 minutes.
- Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home and direct exhaust away from windows and doors.
- Don’t run portable generators exposed to rain. Generator rain tents are available to keep them shielded but well ventilated.
- Let gas-powered generators cool before refueling. Spilled gasoline can ignite on hot engine parts.
- Stock up on extra gasoline and keep it properly stored. The fuel stabilizer will also help gas last longer.
- Only use heavy-duty extension cords if needed.
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