3 HVAC tips you’ll be thankful you knew before summer
Spring is here, which means it’s time to prepare for summer.
Although your furnace will likely continue to run for most of the spring season, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to do before the humid summer heat overwhelms your home.
There are 3 things that tend to get overlooked as we approach the summer: air conditioner filters, condenser coils and circuit breakers.
Air Conditioner Filters
Depending on your current filter and your home (If your home has an abundance of dirt passing through it), you may need to change it at the beginning of the new season.
The filter offers many of the same benefits as your furnace filter: it keeps allergens and other unwanted particles out of your home, creates the proper amount of air flow in the system and is very easily cleaned.
A dirty filter however, can cause many problems in your system. If there is a lot of dust and dirt built up it will restrict the air flow making your system less effective and less efficient. It also makes the rest of your system dirtier, like your evaporator coil.
The condenser coil is located on the outdoor unit for central air conditioners and needs to be cleaned. It is very easy to clean, but it is important to remember that the system’s power should be shut off before you do it.
Depending on the amount of dirt on your system, you can most often clean it with the water from your hose. If it’s extremely dirty and really restricting the air flow in your system, it’s best to call a service technician and they can clean it using a biodegradable cleaning chemical.
A lot can get caught in this part of your air conditioner so it’s best to make sure that the area surrounding it is clear of long weeds, dirt or anything else that can get stuck in it.
Reset the breaker associated with your air conditioner and run it for a short period of time. This will allow you to make sure there are no shorts in the system for the upcoming season.
If the breaker trips when you do this, something may have happened over the course of the winter and you should schedule an appointment with a service technician to investigate. It’s hard to tell what could have happened to the system when it’s outside all winter, but this is a good way to at least check if there is a problem.
After doing these three things, your air conditioner should be ready for when you’ll need it. There are other ways to increase efficiency and things to monitor throughout the season, but you will already be one step ahead by following this simple guide.
Now go forth and enjoy the nicer weather, knowing that if there is a sudden heat wave, you’ll be the most comfortable house on the block.