Did you know that overheating could have serious health implications, particularly for older adults? Luckily, having a good HVAC system in place will help keep you and your family safe and healthy all summer long.
To ensure that your system is functioning properly, it’s a good idea to carry out HVAC maintenance at the start of the season. Keep reading to find out how to keep your unit in top condition.
1. Clean or Replace Your Filter
The simplest way to keep your HVAC system running properly is to clean or replace your filters regularly.
Some units come with disposable filters that need replacing frequently, so be sure to stock up and check them for signs of wear often. Filters should generally be replaced at least once a month. Other units have permanent filters that need to be cleaned thoroughly, also around once a month.
If you smoke or have pets, you might need to replace filters more regularly, so be sure to take this into account.
2. Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit
Once you’ve replaced your filters, you should move your focus to your outdoor unit.
It’s easy for dust and debris to build up around the unit, especially if you have trees or plants growing close to it. Make time to clear all of this gunk out of your unit before it builds up.
Debris is generally a bigger issue in the autumn as leaves start to fall from the trees, but it’s still good practice to check your unit in spring and summer.
Avoid growing shrubs close to your unit if possible, as this will make your job much easier.
3. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Are you still dealing with one thermostat that controls the temperature for your entire house?
This can be really annoying if different family members have different temperature preferences. It’s also expensive, as you often end up heating and cooling rooms that aren’t even in use. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat to save money and increase your comfort levels.
4. Schedule Professional Maintenance
While simple tasks like changing filters are easy enough to deal with yourself, there’s no substitute for professional maintenance. HVAC professionals are able to check for blockages deep inside vents, remove debris from hard-to-reach areas, and identify issues which aren’t obvious to the average homeowner.
Prevent unexpected problems by scheduling regular professional maintenance.
5. Consider Investing in a New Unit
Is your HVAC system just not performing as well as it should be?
It might be time to invest in a new system altogether, particularly if you plan to stay in your current home for many years. You’ll benefit from better temperature control and reliability. A new HVAC system can even decrease energy bills by operating more efficiently than your current unit.
Why is Summer HVAC Maintenance Important?
Staying cool and comfortable is really important in the summer months, so a properly-maintained HVAC system is essential.
Summer is also a good time to identify any issues and get them dealt with before the colder months roll around. This protects your family from cold weather-related health issues.
Ready to arrange your summer HVAC maintenance? Contact us today.