If you live in Southern California, chances are you tend to use your HVAC system more heavily in the summer than in the winter. The last thing you want is to find that your HVAC system isn’t prepared to keep up when the weather turns warm. Here are five tips to get your HVAC system ready for the summer months.
1. Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Most AC manufacturers recommend a yearly HVAC tune-up, and some even require it to maintain your system’s warranty. A tune-up ensures that your system is running in top shape and will uncover any underlying issues that you may not have noticed.
A great time to schedule a tune-up is during the spring to ensure your HVAC is ready for the summer months.
2. Clear Outdoor Areas Around Your Air Conditioner
It can be easy to forget about your HVAC’s outdoor unit. It is generally out of sight, out of mind. However, it is critical that the outdoor unit has adequate space that is clear of debris or anything else that may be sitting near the unit. Debris near the outdoor unit can eventually make its way inside your system, potentially causing problems.
3. Clean Vents and Ducts
Your HVAC’s vents and ducts handle a lot of airflow throughout the year, including debris, dust, and other pollutants that are in the air. Over time, this debris can build up. You may have even noticed some dust that has built up on your vents over the winter.
Cleaning your vents and ducts can go a long way toward maximizing your HVAC system’s efficiency and minimizing strain when the weather gets warm. Professional cleaning is a great way to ensure that your ducts are cleaned thoroughly and properly.
4. Check the Air Filter
One of the most common causes of HVAC issues is dirty filters. Depending on your home situation, you should change your filter every one to six months. If you have a large family and multiple pets, your filter will need to be changed more often. Single-occupant homes or second homes can change their filters less frequently.
A dirty air filter not only compromises the quality of your indoor air but also makes it harder for air to properly flow to where it needs to go.
5. Prepare Your Home to Maximize Cooling Power
A great way to get your HVAC system ready for the summer is to ensure it has a proper environment in which to operate. This means taking steps to minimize strain on the system, such as fixing door and window leaks, investing in high-quality window coverings, and utilizing ceiling fans.
Taking these steps means that your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard and will keep you cool all summer long.
Let Rowland Air Help Get Your HVAC System Ready
Call Rowland Air for an air conditioning maintenance service visit today. We will inspect your HVAC unit and ductwork to ensure that your system is working as it should. After our visit, you’ll have total peace of mind that your system is fully prepared for summer weather.