Start this spring season off strong with the proper preparations for your HVAC system. Spring preparations don’t only refer to cleaning and organization. Your HVAC system also needs attention for the warmer months ahead. Though the weather has yet to stay consistently warm, it is crucial your HVAC system is up to the job and ready to function at its best capacity for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. But don’t worry; spring HVAC preparation doesn’t have to be complicated! Your Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air service professionals are here to help ease that burden for you.
Here are a few tips to help you:
Why Should I Change My Filters for the Season?
Filters should be changed every 1-2 months. So if you haven’t done so in the past couple of months, you should swap your old air filter out for a new one this season. An air filter’s purpose is to trap and hold air pollutants, so if left unchanged, the air filter will become clogged and lead to issues like short cycling and poor air quality. Also, keep in mind that pollen and allergens are infamous air pollutants during the spring. Therefore, if you have anyone in your home that suffers from allergies, it is good to check your air filters more than usual to confirm they do not get clogged.
Why Should I Upgrade My Thermostat for the Upcoming Seasons?
Programmable and smart thermostats are convenient because you can set certain temperatures to coincide with different times of the day. This feature is super helpful for those who are consistently away from home. For example, you can save energy by setting the temperature a degree or two higher when you are away at work. This is especially helpful for those homeowners who are always on the go. If this seems like something beneficial for you and your home, call us today, and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Why Should I Clean the Outdoor Unit?
When turned on, the outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, sucks in the air surrounding it. So if left untreated buildup of leaves, weeds, vegetation, or other loose items are picked up by the wind and blown into the condenser fan, this could cause the condenser to stop working. For this reason, we highly suggest homeowners repeatedly check the vicinity around the outdoor unit throughout the spring and summer to ensure nothing is around or obstructing the unit.
Why Should I Clean the Vents & Registers?
Vents and registers are usually magnets for dust particles and pet dander. If you have ever noticed dust buildup on a register, you understand how easy it is to accumulate. If this is the case with your vents and registers, you don’t want to further delay cleaning them. Dust buildup can seem harmless, but it does affect how efficiently your HVAC system will run. Not to mention, left unattended, it will affect the air quality in your home.
Why Should I Check for Air Leaks?
Since air is distributed through a series of ductwork within your home, you will want to ensure that your ductwork does not have tears, holes, or gaps that could be allowing air to escape. These openings will cause your HVAC system to work harder to make up for the escaped air, leading to more used energy. In the end, if these go unrepaired, it will cost you more money. So if you have any exposed ductwork, go ahead and perform a quick inspection to ensure that this is not the case. If you find any tears, holes, or gaps, make sure to have them properly sealed.
Why Should I Schedule a Spring Maintenance Check?
Preventative maintenance is crucial to prolong your residential HVAC system’s lifespan. Your air conditioner may seem like it’s running fine and smoothly, but you never know what underlying issues there might be. When your AC unit is maintained correctly, it will lead to a longer lifespan. As a plus, your unit will also perform better, which saves energy and money for you in the long run.
Do you have any questions or concerns regarding your HVAC system? Or perhaps you still need to book that spring maintenance check? If so, Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air is here to assist you with every HVAC need you have! Call today, and we will book you for our soonest available appointment. You can reach us at (614) 490-7530 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!