Summer will be here before you know it, and we’ll be turning on our air conditioners for the duration. The last thing you want is to have your A/C fail in the middle of a heat wave. So even though the steamy weather may seem far away, now is a good time to schedule summer HVAC prep so you’ll be ready for those hot times ahead.
Change the Filter
Changing the air filter is the most important thing you can do to protect your HVAC system. Air filters keep airborne particulates out of the system, so that the parts work better, without friction, and last longer. Also, a clean filter promotes better air flow so that the air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard to produce cool air. Slow air flow can lead to such problems as frozen coils and a malfunctioning compressor. Further, a dirty air filter inhibits the A/C’s ability to dehumidify your home. With higher humidity, you feel warmer than you should, which leads to having to turn the thermostat way down to cool off.
In short, not changing the filter will cost you money on your utility bill, and can also lead to expensive repairs. You should be changing the filter regularly, whenever it’s dirty, but the start of summer is a good time for a change if you haven’t been keeping up.
Clear Away Obstructions
Good air flow is key to the smooth operation of your A/C. Clear away grass, weeds and leaves from your outdoor condenser so that air flow is not obstructed. Trim back shrubs so there’s a 2-foot clearance around the unit. Keep furniture, garden tools and other items away from the unit. Secure furniture and tools so they don’t blow into the condenser during storms.
Indoors, keep vents and registers free of obstructions, including carpets, drapes and furniture.
Don’t forget to schedule your annual A/C maintenance to make sure your A/C is running right all summer long.
For more on summer HVAC prep, contact Aggressive Mechanical, serving Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).