Summer Tips for a Healthy HVAC
It seems like summer came on really fast this year! But it’s June and we should be getting ready for the rising temperatures. This means we need to look at some ugly design and make sure our AC systems are ready for a workout.
Here are a few easy tips to get you started:
1) Change your filter. You should be doing this every month to be sure you have good airflow. They are not expensive and will extend the life of your unit.
2) Keep your coils clean.
Your exterior unit needs to be kept clean and clear of leaves that sometimes accumulate around your unit. You can clean your unit with a regular garden hose and a broom. Do not use a pressure washer this is way too strong for this easy job. A little bit of housekeeping in this area goes a long way.
3) Keep bushes and flowers trimmed and clean of the unit.
If you have planted around your unit to hide it from view, or you like flowers, be sure to leave space around the unit so it can function without obstruction. A quick trim will do the trick.
4) Ensure your dryer vent is not angled toward your AC unit.
Lint from your dryer exhaust can cause big problems for your unit. Make sure that lint cannot get inside the vents of your air conditioner by simply angling your dryer vent elsewhere.
5) Adjust your thermostat.
If you are away for long periods every day, adjust your thermostat to a higher temperature for the time you are away. This is where a programmable thermostat or one you control by your phone is great. This will lessen the amount of time your unit has to work each day and will help your unit to last longer. An additional benefit will be a lower utility bill each month. Yay!
6) Check your ductwork and seal open spaces.
Make sure all your doors and windows have good weather stripping to keep the cool air in. Be sure to check your ductwork occasionally or have your handyman check it to be sure it is sealed correctly. If the ductwork is not properly sealed, cool air will escape before getting into your home.
7) Schedule an annual tune-up with an HVAC professional.
This is really important for both your heating and AC systems. I did this every season and got 5 more years out of my system. A trained HVAC technician can detect most problems before they become major ones. With a cost of around $100 for a routine check up, the benefits will outweigh the cost. A typical tune-up will include various tests to ensure your unit’s internal parts are working correctly, as well as a filter check, and a refrigerant charge if needed. Your technician will likely also clear the drain, and clean your unit thoroughly inside and out.
With a little help your unit will keep you cool and feeling great as summer quickly approaches.