Preparing Your HVAC System for Summer: Maintenance and Tips

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As the warmer months approach, it’s essential to make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep your home cool and comfortable. Proper maintenance and care can help extend the life of your system, improve efficiency, and save on energy costs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the top five tips to get your HVAC system summer-ready, ensuring a comfortable and energy-efficient home for you and your family.

1. Clean or Replace Air Filters

One of the most critical steps in preparing your HVAC system for summer is cleaning or replacing the air filters. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, forcing your system to work harder and consume more energy. To keep your system running efficiently, it’s recommended to check your filters every month and replace them every three months or as needed.

2. Schedule a Professional HVAC Inspection

Having a professional HVAC technician inspect your system can help identify potential issues before they become costly problems. A thorough inspection should include checking the refrigerant levels, testing the thermostat, and inspecting the electrical connections and components.

3. Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your HVAC system, also known as the condenser, can accumulate dirt, debris, and leaves, which can affect its performance. To clean the outdoor unit, first, turn off the power to the system. Then, gently remove any debris from the unit and use a garden hose to rinse off the fins. Be careful not to bend the fins or damage any components. Keeping the area around the outdoor unit clear of debris can also help improve airflow and efficiency.

4. Seal and Insulate Ductwork

Leaky or poorly insulated ducts can waste a significant amount of energy and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by up to 20%. To check for leaks, inspect the ducts for any gaps or disconnected sections. You can use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal any leaks. Insulating ducts that run through unconditioned spaces, such as attics or crawlspaces, can also help maintain the desired temperature and reduce energy loss.

5. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save on energy costs by automatically adjusting the temperature based on your schedule and preferences. Some programmable thermostats also have smart features, such as remote access and learning capabilities, that can help you further optimize your HVAC system’s performance.

Preparing your HVAC system for summer is essential to ensure a comfortable and energy-efficient home. By following these tips and scheduling regular maintenance with a professional HVAC company like Yarbrough and Sons, you can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently all season long. Contact us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment and get your system summer-ready!

By Yarbrough and Sons

Published: June 06, 2023

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